Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Books That Make You Laugh

Reading should be fun. What better way to hook a young reader than by finding books that make them laugh?

One of Kayana's favorites is the Caldecott Honor book, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. She loves this book so much that she decided to write down all the words - not the pictures - just the words because they make her laugh.

In this story, Chicken wants a bedtime story, but he can't stand for anything scary to happen to the characters, so he warns them away from danger. This cute book is one your child will enjoy again, and again.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is a book that Elaina introduced me to. This brightly colored book is very fun, and even a child too young to read can find words that rhyme. The characters, Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob find words that rhyme, but of course Bob never rhymes, which is where the fun comes in.

If you have a young struggling reader, get any book by Mo Willems. His books are fun, only have a few words on each page, and will make your child laugh.

In The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, Pigeon tries to convince us that he wants a puppy, until he sees how big dogs are.

In The Pigeon Needs a Bath, Pigeon tries to convince us that he is not smelly or dirty.

Every Mo Williams book I've read has been fun, and all of my grandchildren, especially Callie and Jace, love his books. 

A few other fun books you may like:

Henry's Awful Mistake by Robert Quackenbush. Henry invites a friend to supper, but then an ant comes along, and Henry determined to smash it, ends up destroying his whole house. This book is fun and was one of Matthew's favorites when he was little. 

Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley is a delightful book that children love to respond to. Each page has the child do a physical movement. It begins, "Clap your hands, stomp your feet. Shake your arms, then take a seat." This is a great book for a child who loves to move around. 

Parts by Ted Arnold is the story of a little boy who worries he is falling apart when he finds lint in his belly button, skin coming off between his toes, ear wax, and a loose tooth among other things. This is a fun book with silly pictures. 

Old Man Whickutt's Donkey by Mary Calhoun and illustrated by Tomie dePaola was another one of Matt's favorites. This story is about an old man, a donkey, and a grandson who attempt to take a bag of corn to the miller. People keep telling him to go about it in different ways and the story just keeps getting sillier. It is out of print, but I found it on Amazon for a reasonable price. 

As your child learns to read, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish is always fun. Amelia takes everything literally just like my my grandson, Isaac. 

Do you have a favorite book you remember laughing over as you read? Share in the comments below. 


  1. I remember always reading Amelia Bedilia books. And the Ramona books. I need to read the pigeon wants a puppy book

  2. Night Chayde, I loved the Ramona the Pest books. They always made me laugh.