53 Funny Children’s Books to Read Aloud with Your Kids

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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.

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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

A Little Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

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!

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Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea

A silly story of a dinosaur who wants to do everything except... use the potty. Fun to laugh at, and also to teach potty training toddlers what NOT to do!

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Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon

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.

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I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

I bought this book for my son on a whim about 12 years ago. I had no idea how much our whole family 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.

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Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is one of my favorite toddler authors, and we own many of her board books. This one is a silly animal book that will have your little ones correcting you as you read and giggle together.

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Toot by Leslie Patricelli

Our family first read Leslie Patricelli's Potty book - but the Toot book is another family favorite. Everybody toots, even Mommy! (Gasp!) Children will learn that everybody does it in a funny, yet meaningful way. This is a book older siblings can enjoy reading to the younger ones.

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Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman

Clearly, potty humor is a hit in our house. Underwear always brings on a giggle, but seeing veggies in underwear is even more hilarious. Lots of opposites and rhyming words to appeal to readers young and old alike.

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Funny Picture Books
(Preschoolers and Up)

The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin and Roz Chast

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.

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Bob Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon

"To be read as though you have the worst cold ever." Your kids won't be able to stop laughing during this book, especially if you really read it like you're stuffy! The perfect funny book for read alouds.

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Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

If you've ever had a puppy this book will be hilarious - or maybe not. Chewy Louie eats EVERYTHING, much to his family's shock and horror. Kids will laugh as they see bite marks all over the pages of this silly book.

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

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.

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Dog Food by Saxton Freymann

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.

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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

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!)

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Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

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!)

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Goodnight Goon: a Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

For the kid who loved Goodnight Moon but doesn't want a "baby book" at bedtime. Goodnight Goon is a silly parody that your child will want to read all year long - not just at Halloween! Say goodnight to all the creepy things in the bedroom - from the mummies to the the black lagoon.

(My son has been obsessed with this book since he was 3 years old, so you know it isn't actually scary.)

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Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang

This book will be funny for your kids to read, but also helpful when talking about processing emotions. Read along as Jim Panzee (seriously) has a meltdown, no matter what his friends do to help!

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How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

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!

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I Will Chomp You! by Jory John

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?

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The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

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!

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No, David! by David Shannon

David Shannon's beloved character is a must on any funny children's book list. Kids will laugh as David is super naughty - and parents will laugh because they know their child has experienced a "David moment" here and there!

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Parts by Tedd Arnold

From the author of the "Fly Guy" series, this book tells about a kid who is suddenly disturbed by all the parts of his body that seem to be falling apart! Rhyming text and hilarious illustrations keep kids engaged and giggling.

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Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

Underwear again for some laughs! These pirates are out looking for their "booty" - and the illustrations are sure to grab your attention as you read.

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The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Just go ahead and pretend almost every Robert Munsch book is listed here. The Paper Bag Princess is a classic story of girl power, and not your typical princess book. You'll laugh at the princess's antics while cheering her on.

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Funny Books for Kids
(Elementary Age)

The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak

Are you a fan of "The Office"? BJ Novak doesn't disappoint with his funny children's books either. Far from boring, this New York Times #1 Bestseller was a fast favorite with my elementary-aged son. You just have to read it to see why!

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Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

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.

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Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds

What would you do if your underwear started glowing in the dark and doesn't want to let you get rid of it? That's a great question to ask your kids after you finish laughing at this book!

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Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller

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!)

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Giraffe Problems by Jory John

Another book by Jory John, Giraffe Problems is a funny follow-up to Penguin Problems. Can you guess what's making the giraffe self-conscious? This zany comedy is great for older preschoolers as well as elementary ages.

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I Need a New Butt! by Dawn McMillan

Any book with BUTT in the title is going to cause the giggles. But when you realize your butt has a crack, you need a new one! Follow up this book with I Broke My Butt (the cheeky sequel).

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I say Ooh You say Aah by John Kane

A fun and interactive book that makes for a perfect read aloud. This book will make your kids want to pay attention so they can follow along - that is, if they can even talk through their laughs!

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I'm Not Bobby! by Jules Feiffer

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.

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Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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.

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Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

A silly story about friendship, this "food fight" will have you wanting to read it again and again. The illustrations are great, and you'll be looking for more of Josh Funk's funny tales after this!

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P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Raj Haldar & Chris Carpenter

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!)

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett

A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole is a hilarious story where the readers are in on a joke. The clever play between words and pictures will keep a smile on your face to the very end - and then back again.

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Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt

Gosh, Scaredy Squirrel is just a great series - it makes it difficult to pick just one book to share here! Not your typical bedtime book, this quirky squirrel will be a family favorite for sure.

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The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

 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).

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Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner

I think I love reading Skippyjon Jones aloud more than my students and kids loved it! This silly cat who pretends he's a Chihuahua is on another loco adventure. Fun for introducing a little Spanish vocabulary while you read!

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

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.

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The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

Another oldie but goodie - The Teacher from the Black Lagoon is a must-read for any school-aged kid. When rumors get out of hand, this teacher becomes a total monster! Definitely silly, not so much scary.

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Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

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...

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We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Our favorite "Pigeon" author, Mo Willems, captures kids' attention once again with his Elephant & Piggie series. This time they realize they are being watched - by you, the reader! Interactive fun to be had time and time again.

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We Don't Eat Our Classmates (A Penelope Rex Book) by Ryan T. Higgins

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?!

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Who Swallowed Harold?: And Other Poems About Pets by Susan Pearson

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.)

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Funny Children’s Books
for Adults

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:

All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

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.

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Do You Want To Play With My Balls? by The Cifaldi Brothers

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.

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Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

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.

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Goodnight iPad: a Parody for the next generation by Ann Droyd

A modern twist on Goodnight Moon, this book shows how ridiculously attached we are to our modern conveniences. Fun for Boomers and Millennials everywhere.

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K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice by Avery Monsen and Jory John

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.

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Monsters Eat Whiny Children by Bruce Eric Kaplan

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.

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The Very Thirsty Vampire: A Parody by Michael Teitelbaum

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).

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