When you want to encourage your kid to get into reading, using humor may be the best course of action. After all, what’s better than sending your kid into a giggle fit over a great story? There are some recent children’s books that will make your kid laugh out loud — and probably cause you to crack up as well. Seriously, when did these writers get so funny?
Whether your kid likes bright picture books, silly rhymes, or even parodies of classic kid’s lit, these reads are certain to become new favorites. (And if you’re going to read the same book a hundred times anyway, it might as well be funny, right?) By getting silly together, you and your child can strengthen your own bond. After all, few things are funnier than a mom who can get into storytime and make these characters her own. Unleashing your inner comedian can be fun for everyone, so when you’re reading them aloud, ridiculous voices are most definitely encouraged.
Chances are, reading these funny books together will help kickstart a lifelong love of reading for your kid. And you’ll make some great memories together in the meantime. Unwind with these funny books and no one will find story time boring again.
1. 'Those Darn Squirrels!' By Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri
In this charming story, Old Man Fookwire has to contend with the sneaky squirrels who threaten to overrun his beloved bird feeders. Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri is a funny look at the relationship between humans and nature.
2. 'Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody' By Michael Rex
3. 'I Want My Hat Back' By Jon Klassen
4. 'Don't Juggle Bees!' By Gerald Hawksley
5. 'The Book With No Pictures' By B.J. Novak
Will a book without pictures hold your kid's attention? Definitely. B.J. Novak's The Book With No Pictures will encourage the person reading it aloud to say nonsense or even just make silly sounds (such as BLORK.) Get ready for giggles.
6. 'A Perfectly Messed-Up Story' By Patrick McDonnell
Kids and messes go together like peanut butter and jelly. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell follows Little Louie as he tries to tell a story that keeps getting messed up in the funniest way.
7. 'That Is NOT A Good Idea!' By Mo Willems
8. 'Z Is For Moose' By Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinsky
When Zebra wants to put on a simple show about the alphabet, Moose just can't wait his turn. His desire to be the star of the show makes Z Is For Moose by Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinsky pretty hilarious.
9. 'Oh, No, George!' By Chris Haughton
10. 'Snappsy The Alligator' By Julie Falatko & Tim Miller
11. 'The Day The Crayons Quit' By Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
Wildly clever, The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers follows Duncan, a kid who has to convince his crayons to get along so he can get back to coloring. You may never look at that beige crayon the same way again.