We love books that make us laugh! They are so engaging for kids, especially beginning and reluctant readers. So today I have bundled together a whole collection of books guaranteed to make you (and your kids!) laugh out loud.
30 Funny Books for Kids
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton: Simple text and fab illustrations of the turkey who just can’t work out how to wear clothes will have young children in stitches.
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone: In this classic Sesame Street book Grover begs the reader not to turn the page …for there is a monster is at the end of the book!
Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton: “How dull, to be one hippo all alone… until the one calls two other hippos on the phone.” A party ensues in this fun twist on a counting book.
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky: A terrible plopping sound has the forest animals running for their lives but is there really anything to fear?
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems: Choosing a Pigeon book to feature on this list was hard to do, as they are all much loved by my girls! Young readers will empathise as they laugh aloud at Pigeon antics as he tries to wheedle his way around whatever it is he must or must not do! We really do love them all.
Too Many Pears by Jackie French: Pamela is a cow who absolutely loves pears and will do just about anything to get them! Will anyone else ever get to eat a pear again?
Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman: A silly story told in rhyme of aliens who visit earth to steal underpants. Cute and funny too!
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin: Farmer Brown’s cows like to type but when they begin to leave him notes life on the farm is turned upside down.
Press Here by Herve Tullet: This unique picture book will have kids pressing, shaking, tilting and giggling along!
Mr McGee and the Blackberry Jam by Pamela Allen: I have read this book to my children so many times that I can recite it off by heart. When Mr McGee decides to go berry picking to make blackberry jam, he could never have imagined how difficult it would be!
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood: The antics of little mouse who will do anything to save his strawberry from the big, hungry bear brings a smile to the face of my preschooler every single time.
The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster by David Conway: Chaos ensues when Little Miss Muffet decides she is bored and needs to find a new nursery rhyme!
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett: Animals should definitely not wear clothing because a snake would lose it, a billy goat would eat it for lunch, and it would always be wet on a walrus! A hilarious look at how the world would be if animals did indeed wear clothing.
Goodnight Already! by Jory John: This is Immy’s favourite picture book, it makes her laugh out loud every time she reads it! Bear is exhausted and needs to sleep but the antics of Duck, his exuberant neighbour, keep him wide awake!
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Is it a duck or a rabbit? A clever use of illustrations creates a fun argument that kids will love.
The Wrong Book by Nick Bland: Nicholas Ickle is trying to tell his story but every time he begins another character invades the page. How will he tell his tale before the book ends?
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems: As I have shared previously, we are big fans of the Elephant & Piggie series and We Are in a Book is my absolute favourite! (as for Immy, she would choose I Am Invited to a Party).
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams: The clever die cut illustrations in this version of the classic nursery rhyme bring the story to life.
Mixed Up Fairy Tales by Hilary Robinson: This clever split page book allows the reader to create their own rather silly versions of their favourite fairy tales.
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith: Who wouldn’t laugh at a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky, donkey! A fun, cumulative, tongue twisting story-song.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen: The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. His journey to find it will make both children and adults smile thanks to the skilled storytelling and illustrations.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers: When a boys kite gets stuck in a tree he throws up his shoe to knock it down. But that gets stuck too. Before long a whole host of funny things end up stuck in the tree as Floyd endeavours to get his kite back.
Parts by Tedd Arnold: With fuzz in your belly button, toes that are peeling, stuff coming out of your nose and now…a loose tooth!!..I just might be falling apart!
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin: Dragons love tacos but be sure to hold the salsa!
A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan: What would you do if you woke up one morning to find a bunny on your head?! A fanciful tale of what life could be like if you were toting around a bunny on your head.
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak: More than a little bit silly, the nonsense words and preposterous phrases that “the person reading the book has to say. No matter what.” will have children laughing out loud.
The Princess and the Pig by Jonathon Emmett: When Priscilla the princess is accidentally swapped with Pigmella the pig in the royal nursery, a hilarious mixed up fairy tale is born.
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne: The playful use of the gutter of the book makes this a fun and very different book. What will Bella do when her dog disappears into the pages of the book?
Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt: Caution – reading this book will cause chaos and mayhem!
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin: The diary entries of this worm, who is much like you and me…except for the fact that his head looks just like his rear end, is hilarious for children in the early grades of school.
Picture books are not just for tiny tots, some of these stories are more suited to children in the early and even middle years of primary (elementary) school. Each title is linked to an Amazon page where you can find reviews and age recommendations for those you might not be personally familiar with.
What titles would you add to our list of funny picture books for kids?