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Laugh-Out-Loud Reading Recommendations for Tell A Joke Day

August 16th was National Tell a Joke Day, and anyone who knows me knows I love a good laugh. In the spirit of the holiday, I thought it would be fun to highlight some laugh-out-loud reads for young people. Rather than simply sharing my recommendations, however, I reached out to some of my favorite bibliophiles for their top picks. The following list, including descriptions, are in their words:

Allison, Children’s Librarian with the New York Public Library (NY)

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley; illus. by John Martz

How to Give Your Cat A Bath

Don’t let the title fool you: Nothing comes easy in this book. Kids will delight in all the mishaps (and cookies) it takes to get this cat clean by the end. (Ages 5-8)

Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap; illus. by Greg PizzoliCrunch, the Shy Dinosaur

Kids of all temperaments will love trying to meet and interact with this shy dinosaur, often to hilarious and unexpected results. (Ages 5-7)

The Very Impatient CaterpillarThe Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

Patience is hard – but it can also be funny – as a caterpillar keeps trying and failing to survive the long wait it takes to become a butterfly. Great use of voice and dialogue will have kids breaking into laughter. (Ages 5-7)

Pete’s a Pizza by William SteigPete's A Pizza

An older title but recently kid-tested, from its punny title to its silly imaginative play, this book will get kids laughing. Perfect for modeling caregiver and child interactions, every child can see themselves turned into a pizza! (Ages 4+)

Alyssa, Children’s Librarian with the Lane Public Library (OH)

The Mouse Who Ate BananasThe Mouse Who Ate Bananas by Keith Faulkner; illus. by Rory Tyger

Kids love this pop-up book and think it is hilarious to see animals slip and fall on banana peels. I love reading it in storytimes, as it is a sure crowd-pleaser. (Ages 4-8)

Guess Again! by Mac Barnett; illus. by Adam RexGuess Again

I love this book because it is so fun to see kids try to guess what each shadow is and then to see their shock when they are wrong. Their responses are absolutely hilarious, and I love the trickery in the book. (Ages 4-6)

Ryan, Young Adult Librarian with the New York Public Library (NY)

I Hate My Cats (A Love Story)I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) by Davide Cali; illus. by Anna Pirolli

A book that perfectly encapsulates the ridiculousness of living with cats, I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) shows how cats step onto your face and right into your heart. Fun for the whole family. (Ages 4-10)


Jo, Library Trainee with the New York Public Library (NY)

Everything on a Waffle by Polly HorvathEverything on a Waffle

Welcome to the town of Coal Harbour’s best local restaurant: The Girl on the Red Swing, where everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – is served on a waffle! The sass and humor accompanied by recipes relevant to each chapter make this hilarious story perfect for a family read-aloud or road trip audiobook. (Ages 10+)

Finding OrionFinding Orion by John David Anderson

With a last name like Kwirk and family members whose personalities match the name, you know you’re in for an adventure! An unexpected death announcement triggers a bizarre chain of events that takes Orion’s family on a journey they won’t forget. Soon you’ll find yourself immersed in the hilarious saga as the Kwirk family embarks on an outrageous mission to locate the final resting place of Papa Kwirk, a man whose true identity seems to become more mysterious the more Orion discovers. (Ages 8-12)

Max and the Midknights by Lincoln PeirceMax and the Midknights

Through Max’s epic quest set in medieval times, readers learn tidbits about history and culture from this time period interspersed with humor and sarcasm to keep you laughing out loud! (Ages 7-11)

Mother BruceMother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Bruce wants nothing more than to live his quiet life in peace. But suddenly his tranquility is interrupted when a gaggle of goslings attaches themselves to Bruce, and this grump finds himself turned into their adoptive mother overnight. The snarky humor on every page will keep adults and children alike laughing out loud to this delightful picture book. (Ages 3-6)

The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble; illus. by Steven KelloggThe Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

A class field trip turns into a day of utter mayhem when Jimmy’s stowaway pet gets loose at the local farm. (Ages 4+)

Allison, Children’s Librarian with the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA)

The Princess and the PonyThe Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Princess Pinecone of the Kingdom of Warriors has a great attitude, and it’s hard to go wrong with a round pony that farts just a bit too much. It always gets a laugh from kids, and I love giving the warriors silly voices. (Ages 3-8)

Grace, Children’s Librarian with the New York Public Library (NY)

Wed Wabbit by Lissa EvansWed Wabbit

A fantastical, whimsical story about 10-year-old Fidge who gets trapped in her little sister’s favorite picture book. This book is a hilarious mashup of Alice in Wonderland and Teletubbies with a big helping of British wit. (Ages 8-12)


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  1. Jessica F

    Great list! I think humor really depends on where kids are developmentally! I love reading Guess Again with Kindergartners and First Graders, but have never had much luck reading it with preschoolers. I find this Scholastic article really helpful:

    1. Kaitlin F

      Thanks for sharing this article, Jessica! For the purpose of the post, the age recommendations I listed come from the publisher.

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