Thematic Reading List: Books to Make Kiddos Giggle
It is hard to find a sound more enjoyable than that of a baby’s laughter. And it’s hard to predict exactly what will make a baby laugh! This collection of books will tickle young and old alike, especially those readers under the age of 5. An assortment of stories is included in this list, combining interactivity with silly word choice, to give readers the chance to experiment with different kinds of humor. Though these are designed for a younger age group, the whole family will enjoy reading them together.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni
By: Jules Feiffer
Only after he is examined by a veterinarian can George the dog’s mother figure out why George can meow, moo, quack and oink but not bark.
|Bears on Chairs
By: Shirley Parenteau
Illustrated by: David Walker
Four small bears sit on four chairs, but when Big Brown Bear shows up, they must put their heads together to make room for one more. On board pages.
|A Birthday for Cow
By: Jan Thomas
Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow’s birthday.
|Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
By: Mo Willems
When the bus driver decides to take a break from driving, a wild and wacky pigeon pleads and begs to take his place, capturing the antics of a preschooler’s temper tantrum.
|Don’t Push the Button!
By: Bill Cotter
The only rule in Larry’s book is that the reader does not push the button, but when no one is looking, it may be irresistible.
By: Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler
A clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake–only to have to outwit that creature as well. On board pages.
|It’s a Tiger!
By: David LaRochelle
Illustrated by: Jeremy Tankard
A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.
By: David LaRochelle
Illustrated by: Mike Wohnoutka
When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer’s car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country.
|Moo, Baa, La, La, La!
By: Sandra Boynton
Various humorously drawn animals demonstrate the very different, and often amusing sounds they make. On board pages.
By: Oliver Jeffers
When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things.
|Tickle the Duck!
By: Ethan Long
A duck dares a young reader to tickle him and claims he doesn’t like it but invites him to do it again. On board pages.