You know all those studies about how children laugh about 13,424,938 times more than adults on a daily basis?
Kids just love to laugh.
And funny kid books that will make them giggle? A winner every time.
These are some of our family favorites that have everyone laughing and when I’m giving a book as a gift to a child, I always reach for one of these funny books for kids.
I hope these funny children’s books will give your family the giggles too!
25+ Funny BOOKS FOR KIDS
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
I mean, if you’re going to talk about funny kid books, this is for sure going to be #1 on my list. We’ve read this book dozens of times and my children still laugh themselves silly when I say things like “BLORK” as I read it aloud.
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
We had a copy of this book when I was growing up and I’ve always loved this funny spin on the Three Little Pigs, this time told from the wolf’s point of view and he feels that he’s been FRAMED. All he wanted was to borrow a cup of sugar and he can’t help it that his allergies made him accidentally sneeze his neighbors’ homes down.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A bear is on the hunt for his missing hat, but none of the animals in the forest have a clue where his red hat is. But after he’s questioned everyone, the bear suddenly realizes that one of the animals was lying to him.
XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex, illustrated by Scott Campbell
Ox is absolutely in love with beautiful Gazelle and writes her a letter to tell her so. That letter sets off a chain of correspondence that had both Bart and me snorting with laughter.
Penguin Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith
You might think it sounds easy to be a penguin. Lots of happy waddling around and sliding down icebergs. WRONG. It’s actually so cold and extremely dangerous and it’s very hard to find your mom when all the other penguins look identical. And this penguin is ready to tell you ALL about it.
The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
I do believe that Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are a match made in heaven. And this book, about a wolf who swallows a duck and a mouse is just laugh-out-loud funny.
King Baby by Kate Beaton
Oh, it’s good to be king. Everyone lavishes you with attention and your parents do whatever you ask. Of course, just when you’re starting to feel comfortable, it’s possible that another royal baby might appear on the scene.
I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach
Poor Giraffe. He’s so tired of other animals mistaking him for a chair. And he decides he’s going to let the next animal who makes that mistake KNOW that they’re wrong. Except the next animal is a lion and . . . well, is a giraffe really going to get into it with a fierce lion?
There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade Bradford, illustrated Kevin Hawkes
When an exhausted man stumbles into a hotel anxious for a hotel room, he discovers it’s harder than he expected to find an empty bed in this establishment.
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
Hug Machine is on a mission to hug everyone. From a giant whale to his mom, no one goes unhugged. And what fuels a hug machine? Pizza. Lots of pizza.
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
This might be my all-time favorite book to read aloud to a group. Do you see a duck or do you see a rabbit?
That is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems
Picking ONE Mo Willems book for this list was basically impossible, but this might be my favorite laugh-out-loud book about a fox who thinks he’s luring a goose home to cook for dinner but it turns out the FOX is on the menu.
Don’t Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by David Roberts
You can stay awake as long as this book keeps going. Except for one tiny hitch. Every time you blink, you have to turn the page and get that much closer to the end of the book. So DON’T BLINK!
Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley
Why is it so fun to pretend to have the hiccups? I love reading this one aloud and making my girls giggle with my imitation hiccups on every page.
My Pillow Keeps Moving by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Christopher Weyant
A little dog is thrilled when she finds a new home, but quickly realizes that the homeowner isn’t necessarily looking for a dog – he wants a pillow or a jacket or an ottoman. But this clever dog is determined to be whatever the homeowner needs.
Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim J. Miller
Snappsy is having a very regular day when suddenly a narrator appears, looking to add intirgue and drama to the story. Snappsy does NOT want the narrator hanging around when he’s just an average alligator doing average things.
This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap, illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Be warned – this book will not be fun. It’s mostly just silent sitting around and beige walls. Until a few ridiculous things appear on the page and . . . well, it might accidentally get a little bit fun.
Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox, illustrated Lydia Monks
The prince is THRILLED to spy Rapunzel in her tower. She’s certainly the girl of his dreams and it is his job to save her. But every time he asks her to throw down her hair so he can climb up, she misunderstands and throws something entirely different down. We read this one on repeat one summer and the jokes never get old.
Count The Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
You might THINK this is a counting book, but how can you count any monkeys when other animals keep leaping onto the page?
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
The perfect book for any child who has ever worried that the watermelon seed they accidentally swallowed is going to end up growing a watermelon vine in their stomach.
Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex
Poor Orange. All the other fruits and vegetables get a rhyming pal (even ones that seem outrageous) and yet Orange? Nothing. I laugh out loud every time I read this book, and the little author video about how to get a book published is DEFINITELY worth a watch.
You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman
You probably think it sounds awfully fun to have a unicorn. But it’s actually not all rainbows and magic. Did you know unicorns throw wild parties and make a giant mess? Yes, you DEFINITELY don’t want a unicorn.
Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh! by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Kate Hindley
Poor Choochie Pooh. All he wants is to be taken seriously by the other dogs and what dog is going to take a tiny little purse dog called Choochie Pooh seriously? And when he’s eating heart-shaped dog treats? There’s no hope. (Or is there?).
More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Troy Cummings
Ralphie, from Simply on Purpose, introduced me to this book years ago and it’s still one of my favorites. The narrator of the book does not plan for a book about bears. But as off-screen voices demand more and more bears, the narrator folds and keeps adding bear after bear to the story.
Escargot by Dashka Slater
I checked this out from the library and Bart was the first one to read it aloud and his French accent was so funny that I was almost crying laughing as I made dinner. It’s about a little French snail who just DESPERATELY wants to be a pet. And he wouldn’t mind a little salad either.
Miss Nelson is Missing by Gary G. Allard Jr., illustrated by James Marshall
I’ve professed my love for this book before (including with a full-on double costume) and I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow it. It’s so fun as a reader when you’re in on the secret that the book characters aren’t.
What are your favorite funny picture books? I’d love to hear – my library card is just begging to be maxed out!
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I went looking to find out more about I Am Not a Chair (being a Giraffaholic) and discovered Harper Kids YouTube channel with this ReadAlong.
You’ve got a bunch of our favorites listed (hello, Escargot!), but two of our recent faves that aren’t here are Stuck and Du Iz Tak?!
Torrie @ To Love and To Learn says
I knew Mo Willems would make the list! I am surprised not to see any Sandra Boynton on here, but maybe it’s just my kids that think those are hilarious 🙂 And, as kids always love belching humor, we also like the book Dino Bites! for a funny book, too.
There’s so many on here we’ve never read—I’m excited to check some of these out. Thank you!
There are so many on your list we have read yet!! So excited 😆 Our top favorite funny read that just came out is “I Can Only Draw Worms” by Will Mabbitt
I’m glad for these recommendations; most of them are new to me! Here are a couple of our favorites to add: Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst and Make a Wish, Henry Bear by Liam Francis Walsh.
“Paul Meets Bernadette“ is funny and clever!
Oh!!! And how could I forget “Best Frints in the Whole Universe”. So funny! We have checked it out of the library at least six times.
Great list! Off the top of my head I’d add Mother Bruce (et al), Be Quiet!, Mr. Putter and Tabby series, Poor Louie, Diary of a Wombat, Read to Tiger, The Perfect Nest, Poor Puppy, and the Tacky series.
Rebecca R says
The purple kangaroo
All by Michael Ian Black….these are hilarious and well loved by my kiddos.
Also, Monsters love underpants
Aliens love underpants
Aliens love dinopants
This is maybe the best list in history. Thank you!