When I became pregnant with our first child, one of the first things I did was to buy a few books. Casey at the Bat and Sing Sophie were favorites for his Daddy and me, and Aaron got to hear those ones a lot. We weren’t hampered by the fact that he was a preborn baby! Besides, we weren’t chasing small kids yet and had plenty of time on our hands.
As he grew, the book selection did, too (of course). He and his siblings began to grow a certain fondness toward particular books and characters.
Reading to small kids is so important for many reasons. If you can get kids really interested in books at a young age, they are more likely to continue to enjoy reading when they are older. As for our family, we love to laugh! So humorous books are among our top choices.
Here are some of our favorite, time tested, funny, great books for kids.
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Click, Clack, Moo This book is about cows who find a typewriter and begin making demands. In the end, the Duck is the real star. He goes on to have a few feature books of his own, including Giggle, Giggle, Quack and Duck for President.
What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? The finger puppet that is part of the book really makes this book a winner. Kids love to have the Wolf “eat” their fingers!
Doctor Ted Ted has a pretty great imagination, although neither his mother, teachers, nor principal seem to appreciate it. Not until they need his expertise, of course.
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog In this book, the Chick learns all about the beauty of a hot dog. The Pigeon learns about the beauty of sharing. Your kids will crack up and want to “read” it to you.
We Are in a Book! (Elephant & Piggy) The whole Elephant and Piggy series is pretty funny. This book especially had my kids in stitches!
Skippyjon Jones Skippyjon is a cat who thinks he is a dog. He also loves to speak with a Spanish accent. If you aren’t great at reading with a Spanish accent, have no fear! The author spells it right out for you. Hilarious voice not included.
Froggy Goes to Camp This book will have parents nodding in understanding with Froggy’s parents. It will have kids giggling at Froggy’s antics!
Aliens Love Underpants Creatures from outer space? Check. Mild potty talk? Check. Crazy antics? Check, check. Clearly hilarious.
The Remarkable Farkle McBride This book (written by John Lithgow) is as much fun to read as it is to hear. The kids really enjoy Farkle’s silly behavior. I always enjoyed the seemingly tongue twisters that somehow roll right off of the tongue.
These books were some definite favorites for our family. What are some tried and true books that your family loves to laugh at? (Be sure to check out the comments for some more great book ideas!)