funny children's picture books

Funny Children's Picture Books
Our favorite SILLY, ZANY, FUNNY kids books

We love reading funny children's books to our children/students. We're just drawn to the funny ones, what can we say. We have a long list of favorite funny children's picture books, so compiling this list might take some time. We plan to have them all up and linked by the end of December.

We are just getting started on this list of our favorite funny, silly, zany, offbeat books. We plan to add many more in the coming weeks.  Here's what we have so far:

Arnie the Donut
Arnie the Doughnut
by Laurie Keller

Arnie has no idea doughnuts are made to be eaten! When he finally figures it out, he pleads for his life, and he and his new owner try to come up with alternatives. Full of zany art and text, this is guaranteed to become an instant favorite.

Interest Level: K-Gr. 3    Difficulty Level: age 4-8

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
by Mo Willems

In this brilliantly simple book, a very determined little pigeon launches into increasingly silly efforts to try and convince the reader to let him drive a bus. Willems comically captures "the essence of unreasonableness in the very young." (SLJ)

Interest Level: K-Gr. 3    Difficulty Level: age 4-8

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No, David
No, David!
by David Shannon

David is naughty indeed! Each double-page spread is devoted to a different unruly deed and a speech bubble plea from his mom to stop. The illustrations are hilarious, and most kids end up seeing a bit of themselves in David. The book ends on a positive note, with a hug and reassurance that he is loved. This Caldecott winner was such a hit it spawned an entire series.

Interest Level: PreS-Gr.1    Reading Lvl: age 4-8  

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Diary of a Worm
Diary of a Worm, Diary of
a Spider, and Diary of a Fly
by Doreen Cronin

An endearing little worm records the events of his life in daily diary entries, from his experiences at school to playing with friends to dealing with parents and siblings. Challenges of worm life are comically portrayed and balanced by the warmth of family and friends. Cartoon illustrations add loads of personality and charm and "children and adults alike will adore this worm's eye perspective on the world.(Amazon)

Also in the series: Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly (both described more fully in link below).

Interest Level: PreS-Gr.3    Difficulty Lvl: age 4-8

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I Stink by Kate McMullan
I Stink!
by Kate and Jim McMullan

Summary: In I Stink, a hungry and excited New York City garbage truck shares the details of his much loved job, including a delightfully disgusting ABC list of items he devours each day (dirty diapers, ugly underpants...) The artwork is as hilarious as the text. Your kids will love this book!

Interest Level: PreS-Gr.2    Difficulty Lvl: age 4-8

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Superhero ABC
Superhero ABC
by Bob McLeod

An ABC book of superheroes that range from noble and heroic (like Astro-Man, Always Alert for An Alien Attack) to silly and even a touch crude (like Odor Officer, monitor of playground farts, or the Volcano, who Vomits on Villains).  Funny, clever, and full of alphabet-themed pages, this is one of those ABC books that belongs in ALL classrooms!

Interest Level: K-Gr.3    Difficulty Level: age 4-8

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We are just getting started on this list. Here are some books we are working on adding this week:

Funny Childrens Books

There are many more HILARIOUS children's books out there that we plan to add in the coming weeks.  If you have a favorite funny, zany, silly, or crazy children's book that you think we should add, please let us know by clicking here.

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