Imagine you’re a book wanting a child to love you — so you got to go for the cheap laughs. Most of us like to laugh, especially kids. So when you have a child who doesn’t want to read, for whatever reason (7 BIG reasons kids don’t like to read here), try to get them engaged in a silly story.
Help your child get started on a book by reading it aloud for a few chapters. If it’s funny, chances are good that he will continue on his own when you get too “busy” to read to him. (One of my favorite tricks!)
We’ve been reading the Wayside School stories at bedtime — and sometimes I get to laughing so much that I can’t keep reading.
All these books and more that I recommend are available in the Imagination Soup online bookstore. The majority of these books are for ages 7 – 9, or second to fourth grade.
Laugh-out-loud Real Life Humor
Weird and Crazy Humor
Sure, these books might not win a Newbery, or even be appealing to you, but just remember that the goal is to get your kids reading. So, ANY book that gets kids reading is good. More time reading gives your reader more practice, more confidence, and improved fluency. Remember — you want BOOK LOVE – that’s the ultimate goal.
Any other wacky favorites to add to this list?
*Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the gift guide are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. For books, I like to use Amazon because of the discounted prices and the quick shipping.
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