Funny picture books are the BEST for reading out loud with your kids, right?! Not only will your kids laugh out loud, so will you. I’m so happy to share these new hilarious, silly, and giggle-inducing stories for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
10 NEW Funny Picture Books Books
OH, Great Now We’ve Got Barbarians! by Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by Mark Fearing
Mom says if he doesn’t clean his room, he’ll get pests . . . which aren’t all that bad but things go downhill when the barbarian pests start arriving. Because they eat everything, use his toys to clean out their ears, and steal blankets and pillows. So there is only one thing to do — CLEAN up. 🙁 Bummer. Funny with the perfect forgot-to-clean-up twist at the end.
Muddle and Mo by Nikki Slade Robinson
Toddlers and preschoolers will love this giggle-inducing story about a duck who very carefully explains to his friend Mo how Mo looks very funny for a duck. Readers, of course, know that Mo is not a duck which makes this story so funny. A charming story with beautiful, soft, and warm illustrations.
Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick, illustrations by Matthew Cordell
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Everyone in my family laughed so hard at this hysterical story about a boy with a very stuffy nose. Every time the boy, Louie, tries to call his mom, instead of “mom” it sounds more like “Bob” — which is the dog’s name! The dog always comes running and slobbering but Louie just “wan by bob!” Poor Louie. Everything he says comes out in cold-speak. And we all can relate to that! I love the way the authors differentiate what Louie is saying with a heart in the letter O when he’s trying to say mom. If you only buy one book this year, buy this one. It’s a keeper!
The Princess and the Frogs by Veronica Bartles, illustrated by Sara Palacios
I adore this hilarious twist on a fairy tale story!! In this version, the princess wants a pet — but every frog she gets, turns into a prince when she kisses it goodnight– and we all know that princes do not make good pets. Soon princes are all over the palace playing and being boys but one is very sad because he wants to be a frog again. Which is good because the princess still needs a pet.
Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
In this funny rhyming story, Nanette, an adorable frog, gets sent to the store to get a baguette for she and her mom. It’s a big responsibility but she’s up for the challenge — until the baguette is just too tempting and she gobbles it down. Now what will she do? Don’t worry, Naneette’s mom isn’t mad and in fact, can’t resist the delicious baguette either. Another fabulous story from the talented Mo Willems with beautiful paper illustrations.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca MARCH
Princess Cora’s life is learning, bathing, training, and more bathing and she’s sick of it. That’s why she asks her fairy godmother for a pet. She, unexpectedly, gets a crocodile. Although he isn’t exactly what she has in mind, Cora agrees to let the crocodile trade places with her so she can have a day off. And the results are HILARIOUS, ending with a more understanding king and queen who relax on all that they demand from Princess Cora.
I Am NOT a Chair by Ross Burach
Poor giraffe! All the other animals think he’s a chair — no matter what he does. He even tries to tells the hungry lion sitting on him (because he has to pee!) but the lion is so scared to hear a talking chair that he runs away. Will giraffe ever get the others to see him as an animal? The light-hearted and silly humor will keep your kids giggling throughout.
The Messy Book by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by Richard Smythe
This is a funny clean-up book. The cat decides instead of cleaning up her mess to think of the most creative ways to get rid of it –like shoving it here and there, blowing it up, and more. You may know a child like her or like the responsible dog friend who suggests things like singing the clean up song and working together. It’s funny and the engaging with very cool art.
Don’t Cross the Line! by Bernardo Carvalho, illustrated by Isabel Minhos Martins
The people are NOT allowed to cross the left page to the right page. Because the general said. Soon there’s tons of people filling the left page, all protesting and complaining loudly. Then, a ball bounces to the right side. Gasp! When nothing bad happens, the various people (aliens, construction workers, bunnies, kids, dancers, astronauts, and more) follow suit. What will happen when the general arrives? Very funny with a lot of visual detail.
That’s NOT a Hippopotamus! by Juliette Maclver and Sarah Davis
Suspend belief that kids don’t know what a hippo looks like and then you’ll enjoy this silly search for the missing hippo.
Also, read my HUGE list of the funniest picture books EVER.