Kids love to be entertained. In fact, they thrive on it. Whether it's a silly game, a humorous TV show, or a corny knock-knock joke, kids need an outlet that allows them to laugh out loud. In this day and age, it's all too easy to throw on a funny movie for your kids instead of sitting down and reading them a hilarious book instead. But there are a host of books that will make kids laugh out there — literally thousands — and with all the benefits reading offers, it doesn't make sense to pass them up.
According to a Huffington Post article, reading to your kid is one of the top ways to bond with them. Additionally, a 2013 study suggests that children who are read to anywhere from three to five times a week are six months ahead of their peers when it comes to reading and comprehension. The other benefits of reading are astounding as well, and include communication skills, logic development, and larger vocabularies, according to Kid's Health.
You don't have to read your kid The Illiad or Shakespeare for them to reap the benefits. Start with something simple and funny, and watch as their love for reading (and laughing) grows right along with them.
1. 'Stuck' by Oliver Jeffers
2. 'Parts' by Tedd Arnold
3. 'Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type' by Doreen Cronin
4. 'Shark Vs. Train' by Chris Barton
5. 'The Alphabet From A To Y With Bonus Letter Z!' by Steve Martin
Any children's book by comedian and actor Steve Martin is bound to be amazing. Add in the beautiful illustrations of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and you have an instant classic. The Alphabet From A To Y With Bonus Letter Z is great for teaching kids their ABC's with plenty of laughs thrown in along the way.
6. 'Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody' by Michael Rex
7. 'Dinosaur Vs. The Potty' by Bob Shea
8. 'Scaredy Squirrel At Night' by Melanie Watt
9. 'The Monster At The End Of This Book' by Jon Stone
10. 'Falling For Rapunzel' by Leah Wilcox
11. 'Duck! Rabbit!' by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
12. 'Bark, George' by Jules Fieffer
13. 'Timothy Tunny Swallowed A Bunny' by Bill Grossman
14. 'The Day The Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt
After Duncan looks into his box of crayons, he discovers they've staged a coup and have all quit. Tan is tired of playing second fiddle to brown, and blue is exhausted from coloring so much water. Orange and yellow absolutely refuse to talk to each other. What's a young artist to do? The Day The Crayons Quit is as funny as it is clever.
15. 'If You Give A Pig A Pancake' by Laura Numeroff
The original, child-friendly story (as opposed to the adult version If You Give A Kid A Cookie, Will He Shut The F*** Up?) If You Give A Pig A Pancake is the never ending string of events following one pig who just wants a pancake.
16. 'The Book With No Pictures' by B.J. Novak
In the words of B.J. Novak, you may think a book without pictures is "boring and serious." Except that whoever is reading the book has to say whats written. No matter what. The hilarious string of words and songs that follows in The Book With No Pictures will have your child asking to read it over and over again.
17. 'I'm Bored' By Michael Ian Black
It's the age old problem most children face, only Michael Ian Black makes it fun. I'm Bored is the story of a little girl who stumbles on a potato who declares that children are boring. She sets off on a ridiculous quest to prove him wrong and discovers that maybe she wasn't so bored after all.