Man, I love a good book, especially a good children’s book…
“Hey Piggie, what happened to your nose!”
“It’s a very long story.”
My 5-year-old erupts in a fit of giggles. With joyful tears welling up in his eyes, he says to me “That’s HILARIOUS!! Read it again, Mommy!”
As I turn to the beginning, I realize that this is my favorite part of the day. There’s nothing better than laughing with my kid.
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Experts say that there are three very important times of day to connect with your children, when they first wake up, when they get home from school, and at bedtime.
But man, bedtime can be hard. After barking orders all evening, “clean up your toys!”, “brush your teeth!”, “put on your pajamas!“, it’s difficult to end the day with peace and joy. So, I turn to books to help me reconnect and say goodnight with happy hearts, hugs, and kisses.
Because of my mission to end the day well with my kids, I’ve been turning to books that make both my son and me laugh-out-loud. After all, there’s no better medicine than laughter…
I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems
I first heard about Mo Willems through his very popular Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! series, and my family fell in love with with his humor. When I was looking for early readers for my son, I ran across his Elephant and Piggie series. Oh my gosh guys, these books are amazing! They are seriously funny for both kids and adults. The series is about two friends, Elephant and Piggie, and their hilariously funny conversations. These books are witty, a bit quirky and always end in hilarious, unexpected ways.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers is another writer that I gravitate towards. His books are quirky and funny for both parents and kids. Stuck, is a story of a boy who’s kite gets stuck in a tree, so he throws up his shoe to get it down, but that gets stuck too. Oh but he’s not deterred, this boy is determined to get down his kite…no matter what. Things spiral a bit out of control in this book, and the boy’s antics will leave any kid rolling on the floor with laughter.
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
My son adores this book! Mainly, he just likes making me look like a fool… The premise of this book is that whoever reads the book, has to read every word….no matter how silly the word is. So parents are stuck yelling words like “Blork!” and sentances like “I’m a _____. Is there any better way to get kids to laugh, than by making the adults in their lives look silly? I think not!
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
This book is whimsy, interactive, and a bit…messy. It’s a story about a boy named Louie, who just wants to tell you a story, but keeps getting interrupted by…you. How dare you drop peanut butter and jelly on him when he’s telling his story?! These little instructions send little Louie over the edge a bit, and he has to learn to persevere and be okay with a little bit of a mess. My son could hardly breathe through his laughter in parts of this book. It’s just that funny.
The Day The Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers
Who knew it was so hard to be a crayon? We’ll apparently it is extremely hard to live inside that little box with all those other colors. One day, the crayons had enough, and QUIT! Each one left a note with their grievances and it’s up to a little boy, named Duncan, to fix their problems and get them back so he can color. This book is silly, witty and super funny.
What else would you add to the list? I’m always looking for more!!
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