12 Best Fun Books For Kids Update 05/2022

How many kids’ books have you laughed out loud?

If I had to pick just a few books that made me smile or even cry over the years, I’d pick the ones that almost made me vomit. The following are 10 great kids’ books that know how to be funny.

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

This is a book for kids, but before you ask, no, there are no pictures in it. People who watch “The Office” might think that a book without pictures is “boring” and “serious.” But the author, B.J Novak, says that words have a lot of power. Books work this way: “Everything the words say, the person who is reading the book has to say. This is how books work: Novak has a lot of fun making the reader do that. He writes lines like “Ba-Dooongy Face!” and “I am a monkey who learned to read on his own.” I think it’s a great idea, and your kids will love watching you do what the book wants.

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is the Tig Notaro of hat-based humor. This is what people say about him. There are three picture books in this series that are just ridiculously funny. His deadpan game is so strong, so strong. I want my hat back, This is not my hat, and finally, we found a hat are all simple stories, but Klassen has a great sense of humor that makes them all laugh-out-loud funny.

President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

People all over the country love William H. Taft to be their favorite US President because he’s so kind. Or, at least, when they hear the urban legend that because he was so big, Taft once got stuck in a White House bathtub. With the help of Barnett and Van Dusen, Taft’s problems become a hilarious comedy. The whole government tries (and fails) to get the president out of a tight spot. (A good book to read after the bath.)

17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

They’ll fall in love with this book, but you’re going to be very afraid. A word of caution: A young girl has put together an illustrated list of 17 things that she can’t do again. 17 things that will make you think, “Wait, she did that?!” You and your kids will laugh so hard that you’ll wonder, “Maybe I should have read them Goodnight Moon.”

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

During bedtime, this book might be too funny to read. It’s all about reading at night. It’s bedtime, and a little chicken wants her daddy to read her a story. But she can’t stand to see her favorite fairy tale characters make mistakes. As a way to change her favorite stories, she stops and stops and stops. Stein’s book shows kids that being a part of a story can be both exciting and very, very funny.

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

There are seven steps to becoming a lion, and everyone knows that. Neither did I. Where have you been, then? To learn how to be a lion from an expert, you have to do things like look fierce and prowl around. You have to roar and blow out the lion’s mane. People who look out for their friends are the bravest. Kids will love getting their own stripes or roars.

Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza

In Finders Keepers, there are a lot of silly twists and a surprise ending that you won’t see coming. A little red hat that isn’t just any hat is the subject of this book. Everywhere in the woods wants a piece of this hat. When it lands near them, they yell “Finders, keepers!” But the hat has other ideas in mind, which will keep your kids laughing to the end.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

The cover alone is enough to make young people laugh at this book. Your sandwich is gone. A bear ate it. It was very likely a bear. There’s no doubt about it: 100% bear. The story of the bear’s journey to the sandwich is so funny that your kids won’t think about a dishonest narrator until the end.

The Wicked Big Toddlah by Kevin Hawkes

It’s not going to be the same in Maine when a “wicked big toddlah” comes into the world. Think of Clifford the Big Red Dog, but with babies in it, too. As long as you don’t mind that Toddie bathes in the ocean and has teeth that are bigger than Priuses, you’ll be fine with him. This book is for big laughs. Warning: Don’t drink anything, especially milk, while you’re reading.

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt

We all have a little bit of an identity crisis at some point in our lives, right? It is happening right now for this young frog, and it is very bad. Why can’t he just be a cat? In this case, what is it? The person who comes after Frank Sinatra is? (OK, maybe I’m getting a little excited.) An honest conversation with his father helps Frog learn a lot about self-acceptance, while the kids have a lot of fun with one funny joke after another.

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

This book has been read to my kids so many times that it is now falling apart. This book is a mix of silly and sweet. It asks what a mother would do if her child was in a weird situation, like having a stinky face. The best way to read this book is with silly voices. It’s a quick bedtime favorite.

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider 

You’ll find this book funny if you’ve ever had a dog. Or maybe not. Chewy Louie eats everything, much to the surprise and horror of his family. Kids will laugh when they see bite marks all over this book.

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