Reading expands children’s minds and helps them learn. Did you know that humor does, too? It’s true! Studies have shown that the use of humor boosts children’s learning and engagement. Give your kids a double dose of goodness this summer by reading some humorous books to them.
Even if your children can read by themselves, you can still read aloud to them. In fact, you could knock out Summer Reading program milestones for the whole family by curling up on the couch together with a hilarious book. As a bonus, laughing and reading together can help strengthen family bonds.
Need help finding some funny books? Look no further!
Have you ever read a book co-authored by a cat? Well, now you can read a whole trilogy! Author Mélanie Watt attempts to write a story about a cute little mouse, but her mischievous cat Chester isn’t having it. He wants the book to be about him! Kids will love the back-and-forth arguing between Mélanie and Chester as the author tries to regain control of her book. Find out what happens in Chester’s Masterpiece when the cat finally gets to write his own book.
If you have a child under the age of 6, chances are you’ve probably read at least one book by Mo Willems. If you haven’t, then you should definitely check out the Elephant & Piggie series. In Can I Play Too? a snake attempts to join Gerald the elephant and his best friend Piggie in a game of catch. The ending is sure to elicit giggles from the whole family.
Venture over to the children’s non-fiction section for more humor. The BCLS collection includes knee-slapping joke books and giggle-worthy poetry collections. Ask a staff member to point you in the right direction, or follow the Dewey Decimal numbers to the 800s. There you’ll find gems from hilarious poets such as Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, as well as collections of the best jokes for kids. While you’re over there, see if you can find Guess Again! by Mac Barnett. The kids will love the hilariously ridiculous surprise ending!
While you’re in the non-fiction section, head over to the graphic novels. You’ll find those under the call number 741.59. Believe it or not, graphic novels can be read aloud, too (bonus points for doing silly voices)! Check out the Toon Books series for easy-to-read graphic novels, like A Goofy Guide to Penguins. This fun graphic novel even includes some facts about penguins in the back of the book.
If all this talk about Dewey Decimal and call numbers has you scratching your head, grab a copy of Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System. With a little help from his earthling friend, Bob the Alien will teach you and your kids how to navigate the non-fiction section. Plus, the kids will most definitely get a kick out of hearing you try to pronounce some of the words from Bob’s alien language.
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