7 Silly Books to Make Your Children Laugh

7 Silly Books to Make Your Children Laugh

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Younger children love love silly books, so I’ve made a list of my favorites. These are the books that always get the children in our library laughing.

Of course, when it comes to children’s books delivery is key, so don’t hold back. Ham up the reading with silly voices and sound effects. Then enjoy all those giggles, because laughing with your child over a silly book is a great way to connect.

Younger children love silly books, so I’ve made a list of my favorites. These are the books that get the children in our library laughing. Of course, when it comes to children's books delivery is key, so don't hold back. Ham up the reading with silly voices and sound effects. Then enjoy all those giggles, because laughing with your child over a silly book is a great way to connect.

I would recommend that you borrow these books from your library. If you want to buy them just click on the smaller pictures and you will be taken straight to Amazon. If you order the book I will receive a small portion of your payment. This helps me to cover some of the costs of running my blog.

1. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Jasper Rabbit loves to eat carrots. He stops by the carrot patch every chance he gets. But one day the carrots start following him. Soon Jasper starts seeing creepy carrots everywhere. No one believes Jasper, so he takes matters into his own hands. Children love the absurd creepiness of the carrots and the twist at the end when you discover how sneaky the carrots have been is delightful.

2. Chickens to The Rescue by John Himmelman

What happens when chickens try to help out around the farm? Giggle galore, that’s what. The antics of the chickens are very entertaining and this book gets funnier with every page. Further laughs can be had with the Cows, Pigs and Ducks to the Rescue books!

3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams

I don’t know many parents who haven’t laughed along with their kids reading this book, but I had include it in the list. The book opens with a bus driver requesting the readers not let the pigeon drive the bus. Then the pigeon appears. He pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book. Children listening to the story are given the role of parents. They get to tell the pigeon exactly what he cannot do. And they love it.

4. No That’s Wrong by Zhaohua Ji

Most preschoolers love a book about underpants and this one is really funny. One windy day a pair of red knickers fly off a laundry line and are found by a rabbit. The rabbit immediately knows what he has in his possession. “It’s a hat!” As far as most children are concerned there isn’t anything funnier than a bunch of animals wearing underpants on their heads. This book will get everyone giggling.

5. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

This book is wonderful. The desperate efforts of the wolves to build stronger and stronger houses and the antics of the big bad pig are hilarious. As an added bonus the ending is a lot sweeter than the original tale. No one gets boiled alive or devoured. In fact the wolves and the pig become friends. Well worth the read.

6. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with four, big, colorful, round, groovy buttons. Unfortunately the buttons keep popping off but Pete doesn’t mind. Children love counting down the buttons with Pete and the story has a laugh out loud surprise at the end. Check out this video if you want to learn the groovy button song. Younger children enjoy the repetition in this book and will soon “read” along with you. It’s all good.

7. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Duncan’s crayons are on strike. One morning he goes looking for them and finds a stack of letters instead. Red feels overworked. Blue is tired of coloring water. Peach had its wrapper torn off and feels naked. This book works well for children of many ages. The younger children tend to enjoy idea of the talking crayons, while the older preschoolers find the crayon’s letters very funny.

So that’s my list. Now it’s your turn. What picture books makes your kids laugh? I’d love to hear suggestions in the comments!

48 thoughts on “7 Silly Books to Make Your Children Laugh”

  1. Karin @ Calm to Conniption

    I have had The Day The Crayons Quit on our list and have heard great things about it. Thanks for this list of a few others to keep an eye out for.

    1. Sharon Harding

      I hope you enjoy “The Day the Crayons Quit.” I read that one at our story time and the kids loved it. Then I gave them some crayon characters which they cut out and glued onto some paper. They told their parents what they wanted their crayons to say. It was fun!

  2. I love reading with my boys, now they are 9 there is less opportunity but this has inspired me to pick up the reading out loud to them a few nights a week.
    Those books sound hilarious.

    1. Sharon Harding

      Ohh I loved reading with my boys when they got a little older. I would suggest “Bunnicula” by James Howe or “Mr Popper’s Penguins” by Richard and Florence Atwater. These are both very funny!

  3. Awesome! I don’t have any of those books! My son turns two this week – I’ll check these out and add a few to our collection. We don’t have a library where we live so I consider it a good excuse to have our own huge collection of books.

    1. Sharon Harding

      Our family didn’t have access to a library for many years, so we also had a huge collection of books. I think it was the best investment we ever made. All three of my boys are adults now and they are still avid readers. Have fun adding some of these to your collection. How will you choose?

  4. The Pigeon books by Mo Willems are some of our favorite. I love them because they’re so fun to read out loud and really get into all the moods of the pigeon! “Crayons” is a great one too. I’ll have to check out the rest of these!

    1. Sharon Harding

      I love the Pigeon books … actually all work at the library grinds to a halt when a new Pigeon book comes in. We have to read it immediately!! I think my favorite is “The Duckling Get’s a Cookie.”

  5. EssentiallyJess

    I love silly books! I need to read more with my kids. They aren’t really readers, and I feel like that’s partly my fault 🙁

    1. Sharon Harding

      It is hard to find time to do everything Jess. Some kids don’t seem to take to reading. Still if you could somehow build it into your routine it is a great activity and does encourage reading. Silly books are a great favorite with kids. How old are your children? I could probably suggest some fun books to read.

  6. My boys certainly LOVE silly things right now. We’ve read a few of these, but I’m excited to check out a few more soon. Thanks for sharing!

  7. My son always loved No, David! – laughing at all the ways David managed to get in trouble.

    1. Sharon Harding

      Thanks for the recommendation Christy. I’ve not read “No David.” I’m going to check that one out.

  8. Oh I can’t wait until my little one is big enough for these books. I already have a list as long as my arm to read to her when she is older!

    I recently discovered ‘the book with no pictures’ by BJ Novak…it is hilarious, definitely one to check out!



    1. Sharon Harding

      A number of people have mentioned “the Book With No Picture.” I’m definitely intrigued and will certainly check it out!

    1. Sharon Harding

      Thanks for the reminder about the badge. Now I just have to remember how to do that!

  9. We LOVE Creepy Carrots and The Day the Crayons Quit. My kids do a book club for the Maryland Black Eyed Susan award. Both of these books were statewide winners!

    1. Sharon Harding

      I am glad that both those books were recognized. Am I right in thinking that the kids get to vote for their favorite books?

  10. These are some funny books and the kids I know love them We can’t wait for the new crayon book to come out and Mo Willems is always popular with kids. Thanks for sharing these today.

    1. Sharon Harding

      We are huge Mo Williams fans at the library. The kids always respond so well to his books and their parents enjoy the humor too!

  11. Hi Sharon,
    Silly books are a great way to get kids hooked on reading. Great list. I’ve always enjoyed the bad pig book and The True Story Of Three Pigs. (It is a fractured fairy tale). Right now, I’ve enjoyed hearing kids laugh when I read aloud- The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
    I came via #kidlit blog hop
    Together, we make a positive difference ~ one word at a time 🙂

    1. Sharon Harding

      I definitely need to check out “The Book With No Pictures.” I’ve not seen The True Story Of Three Pigs either. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. Sharon Harding

      I always listen to the opinions of children.I’m going to read that book today if I can.

    1. Sharon Harding

      My sons loved silly books too. I loved hearing them laugh when we read together.

  12. I love reading to my grandaughter!! And she has the most infectious laugh…going to check these out at the library!! Found you on Mama Buzz!! Hey I would love it if you stopped by my place and shared your stuff on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! I would love to have you!!

    1. Sharon Harding

      Thanks for the invite Elaine. I hopped over and shared the link. We have a lot of grandmas who bring their grandchildren into the library and it is a delight. I love seeing them read together. Have fun with these books 🙂

      1. I will!! And Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I loved having you!! Hope you can join us again tomorrow!! Pinned to My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Pinterest page!! 🙂

  13. The Day The Crayons Quit is our all-time favourite. It’s such a wonderful book and Amy and I always start giggling when peach crayon is complaining about his lack of underwear. The best book ever – thanks so much for sharing your suggestions for fun books over at Parenting Pin It Party x

  14. I will have to check these out. One of the funniest books is Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems! My oldest who is 9 still laughs so hard when I read it to the littles 🙂

    1. Sharon Harding

      I don’t know that one! I will have to check it out. Mo Willems is a big favorite at our library!

  15. I will be buying The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas for my children ‘s book collection. Thanks for the great recommendations! Following you on the blog hop.

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