We all know how important it is to expose our children to great books from an early age. In this world full of technology and visual literacy, handing a child a book to read and engaging their imagination, without music and flashing images on a screen, is especially critical to building stamina and attentional engagement.
I’ve come to realize that some of my kids’ favorite books are the silly books that I love too, and for good reason: if I am intrigued, I become a much more enthusiastic reader and my kids start to “buy in”.
Here are some of the silliest children’s books that are fun for both kids and their favorite grownups!
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1. The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak
When it comes to artwork, this text doesn’t have pictures (insert eye-roll emoji). What it does have, however, is a creative approach to child engagement. The book starts out sharing a note with the listener that every word needs to be read out loud, “no matter what”. The humor in this text is something that really resonates with children ages 3+. Nonsense words like “BLORK” permeate the text and engage even the most reluctant of listeners
2. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss
Speaking of fun rhyming texts, this one is sure to put a smile on the faces of anyone in the room. Dr. Seuss’ mastery of silly words and engaging rhymes keeps the little ones continually guessing what the next line will be! Phrases like, “Sometimes I have the feeling there’s a ZLOCK behind the CLOCK” and “the ZOWER in my SHOWER” are certainly imaginatively delightful for young and old audiences, alike!
3. If You Give A Pig A Pancake by Laura Numeroff
This book comes from a series of silly texts by Laura Numeroff, including If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The texts leads children through a long line of cause and effect circumstances that will make any audience member chuckle–adults included!
4. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
This book is from a series featuring the silly adventures of the Pigeon. The words are simple, the humor is subtle, and the Pigeons personality is sure to keep you giggling! Other favorites from this series include the Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and Pigeon Wants a Puppy.
5. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (and its sequel: The Day the Crayons Came Home)
These two books are really witty. The premise is that the crayons either feel overused or neglected and go on strike. Each page is written in the form of a letter to Duncan, the little boy who owns them, and illustrates the struggles the crayons are facing. By the end, Duncan finds a solution to make everyone happy–one that will make readers smile, and want to draw!
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Which silly books do you love to read with your child? Drop me a comment and let me know!
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