Get thee to a library, or local bookstore, or (if you must) Amazon: World Read Aloud Day is here again! Celebrated annually on February 5, it's a great excuse to get cozy with your little one and a stack of stories (not that you needed an excuse, of course). That's when this list of the funniest children's books to read out loud will come in handy.
For those unfamiliar, World Read Aloud Day was founded by the literacy organization Litworld, and is sponsored by Scholastic books. The idea is to shine a light on the importance of sharing stories and, obviously, reading aloud. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this global movement, which is celebrated in more than a hundred countries around the world.
There are of course loads of reasons to read aloud to your kids. We know there are clear cognitive benefits, and in fact, the landmark 1985 study "Becoming a Nation of Readers" found that reading aloud is truly one of the absolute best things we can do as parents. The study called it “the single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”
And let's not forget the benefits to parents... I mean really, is there anything more delightful and cozy than curling up with a little one and listening to them giggle through Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus?