My son can’t eat a Laffy Taffy without reading the jokes out loud. He giggles at jokes when people tells them, and later wants to tell them again himself. He reads a joke book and keeps stopping to share the jokes with me until he is just reading me the book. It’s been fun to watch him grow into this love of jokes. He’s now in third grade, and has finally gotten to the point that he really gets jokes and is coming up with his own.
Last month, my eight-year-old son told jokes at his school’s talent show. He’s a pretty quiet kid, so I was surprised when he wanted to get up on stage in front of a room full of people to tell jokes. But he did it. We helped him practice, and he wrote out his jokes on cards.
I’ve answered to “Knock, knock,” time and time again but still, whenever he comes to me with a joke, I play along. I love that he’s developing his personality and exploring jokes as part of it. Jokes make him think about relationships between things, how to play with words, unique vocabulary or how one word might have two meanings. And those are all great skills for children to be developing. Here are some of our favorite joke books!
Laff-O-Tronic is a series of joke books by Michael Dahl that include: Sports Jokes!, Animal Jokes!, School Jokes!, and Monster Jokes! These books are illustrated by Daryll Collins, which truly makes the jokes come to life and super fun to read.
National Geographic Kids Just Joking (series)
The National Geographic Kids Just Joking books are square-shaped books full of jokes, tongue twisters, and riddles. They come in full color with crystal clear photographs that are so fascinating to look at while laughing at the fun jokes. As an extra bonus, lots of facts are mixed in so kids are getting some non-fiction reading and learning in at the same time!
Super Funny Joke Books (series)
The Super Funny Joke Books series is also written by Michael Dahl. They are colorful and have a few illustrations mixed in. We love the name jokes like, “What do you call a camel with no humps?” Answer: “Humphrey!”
Laugh Out Loud Jokes (series)
Rob Elliott has a few different kind of Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids books available. These books are full, full, full of jokes. You’ll find joke after joke after joke, but not illustrations or photos like the others listed above. My kiddo is particularly fond of bacon so this one stood out to him: “What do you get when you cross a pig and a centipede?” Answer: “Bacon and legs!”
With all these fantastic joke books to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find some jokes you haven’t heard yet! And you’ll love hearing your kids giggle as you share these with them!
What are some of your family’s favorite joke books?
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