With all the snow storms we’ve been getting, the incessant shoveling and slipping on ice, your family might be in need of a good laugh. I know I am! To add a little sunshine to a dreary winter day, here are a few recommendations for books that will get you and your kids laughing out loud.
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas (Beach Lane Books)
Dust bunnies make surprisingly fabulous characters in this is brightly colored, simply illustrated picture book. These dust bunnies love to rhyme, but poor dust bunny Bob isn’t so good at it. When they’re in danger of being cleaned up (they are dust, after all), we realize Bob was trying to save the day the whole time. A great book to read out loud, 3 to 5-year-olds will especially get a kick out of the fact that Bob can never quite get it right.
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Michael di Capua Books)
Another character who can’t quite get it right is George in this hysterical picture book mix-up. Each time George tries to bark, another animal sound comes out! “Quack-Quack!” “Oink.” The repetitious text “No George. Pigs go Oink. Dogs go arf. Now, bark George” encourages helpful toddlers and preschoolers to share their own animal noises in between giggles. A twist brings this silly book to an especially funny close.
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
If you haven’t already seen this bestselling Caldecott Honor book, pick up a copy right away! Little ones used to not being in charge will delight in the farm animals’ hilarious attempts to negotiate with Farmer Brown to get what they want. A few sequel books have emerged with these same characters, but this book is most certainly the best.
Serious Farm by Tim Egan (Houghton Mifflin)
Nothing funny about farming. In this picture book, another farmer’s animals have also been plotting. Farmer Fred takes everything much too seriously. He never cracks so a smile. So the animals decide it’s up to them to make him laugh. Their silly attempts will make readers giggle, but it will take something quite silly indeed to get Farmer Fred to crack a smile. With delightful deadpan humor, best enjoyed by older picture book audiences (4 to 6-year-olds perhaps), this book proves there is something funny about farming.
Imogene’s Antlers by David Small (Dragonfly Books)
In this ridiculously silly picture book, Imogene wakes up one day with antlers on her head. It makes certain every day things quite difficult as you can imagine (and stresses her poor mother!) but the antlers turn out to be quite useful. Readers will especially laugh at the delightful illustrations which add so much meaning and humor to the simple straight-forward text.
Want more laughs? Try any of the books my favorite go-to funny guys: James Marshall, Mo Willems, and Jon Scieszka. Other favorites? Fortunately by Remy Charlip, Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel, Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watts, and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee are all terrifically funny. What books make you and your kids laugh? Tell us in the comments below!