We came across this article and knew we had to share it! Getting kids to enjoy reading can be a breeze for some. But for my birdies, it’s a challenge to get them started. It’s only after constant nagging that they decide to open a book. And they always end up enjoying the experience. These books are the NYPL’s top funniest books for kids. The book covers themselves make reluctant readers want to dive in!
Here’s some of our favorite titles. For the full list, visit nypl.org:

Toot by Leslie Patricelli (Ages 0-4)
Funny even for kids who’ve outgrown board books, because how can a book about farts not be funny? In fact, all the board books by Leslie Patricelli are super-funny. Katrina Ortega, Hamilton Grange

Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty (Ages 3-6)
This one is bound to crack smiles when read with a grouchy and demanding monster voice.  Bonus: Jeremy learns how to stand up to a bully and make friends. 🙂 Susan Tucker Heimbach, Mulberry Street

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, ill. by Oliver Jeffers (Ages 3-7)
A hysterical epistolary picture book in which Duncan’s crayons write letters to him explaining why they feel mistreated by his inability to use their colors the way they think he should. Katrina Ortega, Hamilton Grange

Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin, ill. Daniel Salmieri (Ages 4-8)
A special sauce turns a boy into a robot, and he then transforms everyone and everything into robots, including the book! Robo-domination is near. Rachael Wettenstein, Grand Concourse

Goodnight Already! by Jory John, ill. Benji Davies (Ages 4-8)
Poor bear is trying to get some sleep but his neighbor Duck keeps trying to come over-even climbing outside of his window. Bear’s grumpy responses and Duck’s constant questions create a funny story complete with a cute ending where now Bear is wide awake and Duck is sleepy. Chelsea Arnold, Hunts Point

Charlie and Lola series by Lauren Child (Ages 4-8)
One of my all-time favorite character duos. This brother and sister team are sweet and funny and the art is a knockout with gorgeous textile patterns mixed with line-drawn characters. Lynn Lobash, Readers Services

Someone Farted by Eric Bruce Kaplan (Ages 4-8)
Whoever smelt it dealt it, right?  The answer is not as obvious as it seems.  You may want to roll down the windows for this car ride. Jenny Rosenoff, 42nd Street Children’s Center

Elephant & Piggie series  by Mo Willems (Ages 4-8)
Silly (and sometimes educational) stories between two bffs, Gerald (the elephant) and Piggie (the pig), and takes readers on the very funny and fantastic adventures that happen to these two friends. Katrina Ortega, Hamilton Grange

Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow (Ages 5-6)
An elephant plays hide and seek with a little boy and claims to be a great hider. Even as elephant hides behind small objects and is clearly visible the boy cannot seem to see the huge animal. Chelsea Arnold, Hunts Point

The Book With No Pictures by B.J Novak (Ages 5-8)
Metafiction for the elementary school set. This reader plays the straight man and it if you read it well everyone will laugh at you. Lynn Lobash, Readers Services

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex (Ages 6-9)
Do you think Frankenstein’s monster is scary? What if he’s just making a sandwich? Do you think the Phantom of the Opera is scary? Is he still scary if he can’t get the song “It’s a Small World” out of his head? Andrea Lipinski, Kingsbridge

The Yark by Bertrand Santini, ill. Laurent Gapaillard (Ages 6-10)
The Yark loves children . . . with the love of a gourmand! This hairy monster dreams of child buffets—ham of boy, orphan gratin, breaded babies, girl rillettes. But he has a problem: his delicate stomach can only tolerate nice children; liars give him heartburn and savages spoil his teeth. There are not nearly enough good, edible children around to keep him from starvation. Rachael Wettenstein, Grand Concourse

Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith (Ages 7-9)
Three boys open a magic book which transports them in time and space, leading to impossible adventures in medieval times, ancient Egypt, prehistory, and even the future! Andrea Lipinski, Kingsbridge

Arabel’s Raven by Joan Aiken, Ill. Quentin Blake (Ages 7-10)
Mortimer is Arabel’s pet raven. Somehow mayhem follows Mortimer wherever he goes, burglars, escaped snakes, and more. Clarissa Cooke, 96th Street

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar & Julie Brinckloe (Ages 8-12)
This collection of fun and zany stories about the strange happenings at Wayside School will have kids laughing out loud! Follow it up with the sequels Wayside School Is Falling Down and Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. Crystal Chen, Woodstock

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (8-12)
Billy has to eat 15 worms in 15 days or lose a bet. Clarissa Cooke, 96th Street

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (Ages 9-13)
Tag along with 13-year-old Nate Foster as he chases his Broadway dreams via bus from western Pennsylvania to New York City, armed with little more than a stash of donuts, a lucky rabbit’s foot, a bit of hope mingled with desperation, and a lot of humor. If this book leaves them wanting more, then Five, six, seven, Nate! will satisfy their desire for a sequel. Jennifer Brinley, Westchester

Please visit the nypl site for the full list here.

Michelle Caines
Author: Michelle Caines

Co-creator of Uptown Birdies, Michelle is a Harlem-born mother of three with a passion for anything educational and mindfulness. She enjoys hunting down affordable kid-friendly events within upper Manhattan and teaching mindfulness. Social handle: @mscaines & @tlbmindfulness