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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.
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!