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Laughter is the Best Medicine - Even for Tots!

Funny Children's Books

What makes your child laugh? Is it raspberries on the tummy of your infant? Your toddler dressing up in grown-up clothes? A stream of knock-knock jokes from your preschooler? Or sophisticated puns from your school-ager? According to the blog Ageing Healthily, Happily & Youthfully, “the average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day and for the average 40-year-old it might be four times.” Why is the world of childhood such a funny place?

Whose Toes Are Those

Children seem to find joy in both the order and disorder of the world. In Whose Toes Are Those?, the pleasure is in solving the puzzle: looking at the big gray toes and nose, carefully turning the flap, and finding out that it really is a hippo. What a delight to be right!

Z is for Moose

But does moose begin with the letter Z? Of course not. In Z is for Moose, everyone but our poor Moose knows the alphabet from A to Z, and he just can’t wait for his turn to appear. Preschoolers howl as Moose tries to make his way onto every page, but they also sympathize when he loses his rightful turn to Mouse.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny

Laughter in literature can come in a more complex package for young school-age readers in Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire! Consider kidnapped hippie parents, a marmot translator, and detective bunnies, one of whom is the author of the book. With the hilarious antics of all the characters, the author introduces the element of satire.

Chances are, these selections of children’s literature will have you laughing out loud with your own young reader, and you’ll add to the count for adult laughter.

By Susan C. Brenner, EdD.


Llama Llama Zippity ZoomLlama Llama Zippity-Zoom, Written and Illustrated by Anna Dewdney, Infants and Toddlers

Benjamin BearBenjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking, Written and Illustrated by Phillipe Coudray, School Age

Creepy CarrotsCreepy Carrots, Written by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Peter Brown, Preschool

Poopendous by Artie BennettPoopendous, Written by Artie Bennett, Illustrated by Mike Moran, School Age

Other Side of TownThe Other Side of Town, Written and Illustrated by Jon Agee, Preschool

One Cool FriendOne Cool Friend, Written by Toni Buzzeo, Illustrated by David Small, School Age

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