Parents all know the importance of reading with their kids, but reading the same old books can get boring. To make reading time fun for everyone, add in some funny children’s books that will get you giggling!
The books listed here are all funny children’s picture books that both kids and adults can smile about. From funny board books for babies and toddlers to children’s books with funny titles — and even some funny children’s books for adults, this huge list of book suggestions cover all age readers!
Funny Books Encourage Reading
For kids who don’t love reading yet, humorous books are a great gateway to literacy. There’s almost no greater motivation than a book that you know will stir up a good belly laugh!
Whether your child is a proficient reader or just learning how books work, reading to and with your child helps to strengthen those literacy skills.
Silly books with ridiculous characters and potty humor may seem like the farthest thing from educational reading. But it’s actually the opposite! Just having a fun book that your child enjoys reading is key to reading development. It keeps them coming back for more!
Think about it – Do most adults reach for Wuthering Heights when they want to relax with a book? Not likely. We like to read books that are enjoyable, and kids love that escape too.
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53 Funny Books for Kids (and Adults)
Sorted from youngest readers to oldest, these are my most recommended funny books for kids. My own children contributed to this list, so rest assured that there are kid-approved books on this list and not just teacher/mom recommendations!
Funny Board Books for
Babies and Toddlers
The board book version of the longer book "Stuck", this silly story tells of Floyd and his kite that gets stuck in a tree. He throws everything at it to try to get it down - including a ladder and a whale. Your kids will wonder what he will try next!
Mamas everywhere will identify strongly with this book. The follow-up to Jimmy Fallon's DADA book, MAMA is another short and sweet book. Mama tries to teach little one a new word, but all that is ever said is "mama." Scarily realistic, but kids love it.
I bought this book for my son on a whim about 12 years ago. I had no idea how much we would actually love it!
This story has been read to my children so much, it's now falling apart. A little silly and a little sweet, this book asks what would a mama do if her child ended up in outrageous situations - including having a stinky face. Best read with silly voices, it's a quick bedtime favorite.
Funny Picture Books
(Preschoolers and Up)
I mean, it's Steve Martin. Of course this book is funny! Absurd alliterations to give your child a vivid vocabulary, parents will enjoy reading this book multiple times.
Kids can identify with a group of friends who just can't get along - but what happens when your crayons just decide to quit? A little boy has a box of crayons who do not like the way they are being used, so they go on strike until he can appreciate them. You'll laugh over the crayons' conversations, but this book also opens up the door for serious talks about cooperation.
This is a fantastic book that my students always loved when I was a teacher.
Dog Food has been passed down through my kids for 21 years and is still fun to read! Light on words, the pictures tell the story. This book is full of incredible pictures of dogs crafted out of food! From pepper pooches to mango mutts, this dog book will make children laugh and inspire creativity. A fun way to teach children popular phrases and figurative language with adorable dog art. Parents will get the puns while the kids identify the fruits and veggies used to make these adorable pups.
It's almost impossible to pick a favorite book from the Pigeon series, but this is in the top 3 for sure. That naughty Pigeon tries his best to convince you to let him stay up late. Will it work? (PS - check out Mo Willems' site for fun Pigeon games and activities!)
This super funny story is one of my son’s favorite books. What is better than dragons or tacos? Put them together for an amazing silly story that will have salsa coming out their nose! Picky eaters - or any kid who doesn't like spicy food - will love this book for sure.
(Parenting tip: Make sure you read this one with extra enthusiasm and silly voices!)
I'm not sure which is funnier - the story or the pictures! Melinda Long and David Shannon make this book entertaining from cover to cover. Read it in a pirate voice and put those scurvy kids to bed - or tell them they'll have to walk the plank!
You'll find a LOT of Jory John book recommendations from us. He has writing funny children's books down to a science! Parents and kids will giggle as the dinosaur tells them not to read the book or he will chomp them. But... will you keep reading?
Ok I'm showing my age with this one. Originally published in 1971, this book has been funny for longer than I've been alive! Silly old Grover is sooo scared to see the monster at the end of the book - but your kid won't be able to stop from turning the page!
Funny Books for Kids
Doreen Cronin is a funny children's book genius, and this is only one of her books that we love. When the cows go on strike and decide to type a letter to the farmer, you can't help but laugh at their antics! If you love this one, be sure to check out her other books as well.
Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters.
But he doesn't know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends?
Just treat otters the same way you'd like them to treat you, advises Mr. Owl. In her smart, playful style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor―simply follow the Golden Rule! A great message with funny chatter.
(Parent tip: I read a condensed version of the story with my 3 year old, and let the older kids read all the extra conversations on the page. It works perfectly!)
This book brings back great memories for me. One of my autistic students loved to read I'm Not Bobby - and he taught me that it's best read with a fun voice full of expression! Kids can identify with wanting to pretend they don't hear mom and dad calling them for dinner - funny for them, not so much for us.
Parents know how IMPOSSIBLE it is to read a story to our kids without being interrupted - which is what makes this book so funny! After the laughter, it makes a great example for what NOT to do during a story. Laughs and lessons all in one.
Quite possibly the funniest ABC book ever written. A quirky and amusing book, "P is for Pterodactyl" is dubbed the 'worst alphabet book ever' because it humorously highlights the idiosyncrasies of the English language. Each letter features an unconventional word, offering a clever way to explore the alphabet.
One of our favorite alphabet books, this one shows just how confusing the English language can be!
(Kind of embarrassing, but I totally bought this book for myself and just pretended it was for my son. It is SO FUN to read, and is the funniest children's alphabet book ever. Every upper elementary teacher needs this!)
Written in a conversational tone, this book is a geographical giggle on paper. If you ever wanted to make learning the states fun - this is how you do it. Lots of silliness as the states have personalities, but you can't help but learn as you read! Perfect for K-5 (and even beyond).
Kids will love the ridiculous illustrations as much as they'll love the silly tales. This Caldecott Honor book puts a fun twist on well-known stories like The Ugly Duckling... who grew up to be a really ugly duck. Prepare for the kids to howl at this one.
Why is it when we tell kids NOT to read a book, they immediately do the exact opposite?
Well there you go. Don't buy this book. No really. I'm sure you shouldn't read it. Wait, no, stop... no don't laugh either...
The sassy dialogue and tongue-in-cheek humor will have you and your kids chuckling as you read about this dinosaur's debacle. We all want good friends, but what happens when they are delicious?!
If you ever thought poetry had to be boring, think again. This book is full of quick and witty poetry that will have your kid begging for more. A favorite poem in our house: Do Goldfish Pee? (Potty humor for the win - again.)
Funny Children’s Books
Fair warning here: These are NOT picture books I recommend you purchase and give to your child. Not without previewing them first.
I also want to call to attention that they are funny children’s books FOR ADULTS. They are not appropriate for every child or even every family. They include adult humor.
Some older children may be ok to read them, and only you as the parent can make the decision to allow that or not. I’m including these books here as a reference for families who enjoy off-color humor, mildly scary/graphic content, and somewhat PG-13 material.
With that said, here they are:
A little sad and a lot funny, this book is full of dark and dry humor and little text. Super easy read and good for a chuckle. A little morbid, but you'll die laughing. Oh wait. Now you're dead too.
If you have the mind of a 12 year old, this book is for you. So inappropriate, which makes it so funny that you won't be able to breathe while reading it. Makes a perfect gift for new parents. They can read it to a toddler at bedtime and the kid won't even know the difference.
Clearly NOT a book for children, this has become a popular book for tired parents everywhere. Great baby shower gift from seasoned parents to newbies. And if you can't tell from the title, the story is full of the F-word. Just so you can't say I didn't warn you.
A modern twist on Goodnight Moon, this book shows how ridiculously attached we are to our modern conveniences. Fun for Boomers and Millennials everywhere.
Another book of dark humor from the authors of All My Friends Are Dead. Not appropriate for school, but a hilarious twist on the ABC book for families who enjoy jokes that you feel kind of bad for laughing at.
This book is actually written for children, but should be previewed in advance. Parents everywhere can agree (come on, admit it) that there's at least ONE moment when we want to tell our kids that monsters eat whiny children. And here's your chance. Not too scary, but requires a sense of humor.
That's not blood in is glass. It's wine. A fun twist on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this parody appeals to adults with demented humor (as well as older children who know why their parents drink).
MEET THE AUTHOR
As a mom of 4 kids (and the oldest of 4 kids herself), Amanda has over 30 years of parenting experience. A former special education teacher, Amanda has a Master’s degree in Special Education and a second M. Ed. in Educational Leadership.
When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, and long walks through Target.