Help your child get started on a book by reading the book aloud to them 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!)
Wacky Books for Reluctant Readers
We’ve been reading the Wayside School stories at bedtime — and sometimes I get to laughing so much that I can’t keep reading.
It reminds me of how much kids enjoy stories that make them laugh. Plus, we need to laugh, it’s scientifically proven. 🙂 Funny stories are just great way to get kids engaged in a story, your reluctant readers included.
So, here are my FAVORITE crazy, silly, wacky, funny books for kids that will hook kids on reading. (Particularly boys who are generally more interested in this kind of humor.)
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
The Encyclopedia of Immaturity by Klutz Editors
Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger by Kevin Bolger, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
Snot Stew by Bill Wallace, illustrated by Lisa McCue
Sweet Farts by Raymond Bean
Who Cut the Cheese? by Jo Nesbo, illustrated by Mike Lowery
Bad Kitty Boxed Set by Nick Bruel
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books (Books 1-5) by Jeff Kinney
Dragonbreath #1 by Ursula Vernon
EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star by Sally Warner, illustrated by Jamie Harper
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
Rotten School #13: Got Cake? by R.L. Stone, illustrated by Trip Park
Head of the Class: Frindle; The Landry News; The Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Brian Selznick
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Stink: The Super-Incredible Collection: Books 1-3 by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs (Seriously Silly Stories) by Laurence Anholt, illustrated by Arthur Robins
Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst,illustrated by Lane Smith
Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta: Lunch Lady #3 by Jarret J. Krosoczka
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Weird and Crazy Humor
A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
Boom! by Mark Haddon
The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by David Roberts
SPHDZ Book #1! (Spaceheadz) by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Shane Prigmore and Francesco Sedita
Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Vordak T. Incomprehensible
Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger by Louis Sachar
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.
ANY book that gets kids reading is good in my estimation.
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?
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- Best chapter books series that kids will love
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