I’ve always loved funny children’s books. Even as a teen, when I’d be on babysitting jobs, I’d love to peruse each family’s book collection and find funny books to read the kids (that’s how I discovered #2).
I’ve certainly grown to appreciate children’s books that have a good message or teach important principles. But when it comes to bonding with my kids, I’m all about funny children’s books. There’s nothing quite so enjoyable as snuggling up with my 4 little girls and giggling together as we read hysterical stories.
I also find that comical reads tend to smooth out crabby attitudes that can crop up near bedtime. Funny children’s books are our secret weapon for turning foul moods around and sharing sweet moments with our kids.
Here are our favorites:
1) THIS BOOK HAS NO PICTURES by B.J. Novak
As promised, this book really has no pictures. And it is absolutely hilarious. When we read it, my kids do the throw-the-head-back-can’t-breathe laugh. We are literally rolling around the floors.
It basically gets you, the reader, to say all sorts of silly things. Written by an actual comedy writer (B.J. Novak of The Office), it’s basically genius. It’s probably our favorite book right now.
Here’s a video of him reading it to a group of very delighted kids.
2) THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES by Jon Seiszka
With stories like Cinderumpelstiltskin (my personal favorite) and Little Red Running Shorts, this book is a spoof on classic fairy tales and even traditional book design. It’s insanely clever and leaves me and my kids in uncontrolable fits of laughter.
You basically have Jack the Narrator trying to literally hold the book together while random fairy tale characters try and pop in where they’re not supposed to be destroying not only the storyline, but the book itself.
No matter how many times I read it, I can’t get through a page of this book without cracking up completely. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy.
3) CLICK,CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE by Doreen Cronin
This is a delightful book in which a farmer is stuck negotiating with his cows who’ve begun typing out their demands after finding his old typewriter. This classic is both clever and entertaining and keeps us giggling when it’s chosen as the bedtime book.
4) DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS (OR ANY OTHER PIGEON BOOK) by Mo Willems
Last year, my oldest came home from kindergarten and started to tell me about this book her teacher read in which a pigeon was trying to convince the readers to let him drive a bus. With her crazy-good memory, she started reciting the book nearly word-for-word as we walked home from school.
I couldn’t stop laughing. Was this book for reals?
Oh yes it was. We went to the library and checked out all the Pigeon books we could find and read them til we were sore from laughing. They’re completely ingenious. I ended up buying a little set for the kids for Christmas.
5) THE FROG PRINCE CONTINUED by Jon Scieska
By the same author as #2, this one is another unconventional and hilarious take on a classic fairy tale. It follows the Frog Prince AFTER he and the princess are married and he finds himself discontent with their “happily ever after.” He goes on a quest to find a witch to turn him back into a frog.
It’s both hilarious and heartwarming and the illustrations are a crack-up.
6) PIG THE WINNER by Aaron Blabey
This book is our favorite of the many very funny Pig the Pug book collection. Pig is a very selfish and greedy dog who is forced to learn a lesson in each book. In this one, he learns hard lessons about not cheating. The story is delightful, and the illustrations are fabulously funny.
7) THELMA THE UNICORN
Not only is this one funny, it also has a wonderful message about being yourself and not bending to fickle societal pressures.
Thelma is a squat little pony who wants to be a unicorn, and thanks to a freak accident with a truck carrying pink paint and glitter, she is thrilled when she ends up looking like one. Through a delightful rhyming text and fantastically funny illustrations, she comes to realize that she’d just rather be herself.
GRAB THESE BOOKS FOR YOURSELF
Well, there you have it: our favorite funny children’s books to delight and entertain. Snuggling up with your kids and laughing together as you read hilarious children’s books is the perfect way to bond with your kids.
And as I’ve found, it’s a great way to get tired crabby kids in good spirits at bedtime. So hit up your local library and see for yourselves how fun these 7 books are.
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