The best picture books to make you and your kids laugh out loud

Who am I?

I have always loved hearing laughter from kids or adults. Most of my books are steeped in funny! Even the toughest challenges are easier if you can find a way to laugh. Now, as a grandmother, I reach for the books that will bring out the giggles. I’ve been published since 2000 and writing for kids is my dream job.  I’ve been happily married for more than 37 years with two married kids and a perfect granddaughter. I’m a former middle school teacher. Humor made it possible for me to enjoy that life and build a great relationship with my students. I also love playing ukulele and acting. 

I wrote...

How I Became a Pirate

By Melinda Long, David Shannon (illustrator),

Book cover of How I Became a Pirate

What is my book about?

In this New York Times bestseller illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon, a boy sets off on a pirate adventure—with surprising results!

When a pirate ship sails by, young Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food...but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don’t tuck.” A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly illustrations.

The books I picked & why

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Creepy Carrots!

By Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (illustrator),

Book cover of Creepy Carrots!

Why this book?

Jasper Rabbit couldn’t get enough carrots until they started following him home. What could be funnier than the “soft sinister tunktunktunk of carrots creeping” and “terrible carroty breathing?” Jasper sees creepy carrots everywhere…but he’s a pretty sharp rabbit. He figures out just how to save the day!  My granddaughter requests this book over and over because it’s just so much fun. She loves to “read” it with me and giggles at the hilarious artwork. 

The Book with No Pictures

By B.J. Novak,

Book cover of The Book with No Pictures

Why this book?

It’s all verbal with this one. The fonts are funny too, though. “Everything the words say, the person reading the books has to say.” Can you possibly say blork and bluurf out loud without laughing? What about ba-dooongy face or my head is made of blueberry pizza? Just try it. Fun, fun, fun!  

The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street)

By Jon Stone, Michael Smollin (illustrator),

Book cover of The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street)

Why this book?

Okay, we all know who the monster at the end of this book really is but come on: it’s all in the journey!  Please don’t turn that page! “Maybe you do not understand. There is a monster at the end of this book!” Too funny to resist. Who doesn’t love doing the Grover voice? Just watch your little one reach for that page and enjoy the giggles.

No, David!

By David Shannon (illustrator),

Book cover of No, David!

Why this book?

David Shannon first wrote and illustrated this book when he was very young. When he rewrote it as an adult, he only added a few words but the results are outrageously funny. My favorite line and illustration, “Come back here, David!” is complete with a naked behind racing down the street. Words and pictures are sure to evoke a riot of giggles.

The Wonky Donkey

By Craig Smith, Katz Cowley (illustrator),

Book cover of The Wonky Donkey

Why this book?

This book is a word-play carnival. (The donkey) “was quite tall and slim and he smelled really bad. He was a stink-dinky, lanky, honkey-tonky, winky wonky donkey.”  If you can say that without laughing, you need more coffee. Your kids will love it as much as you do. Check out the sequels, too.

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