One of my favorite things to do in the library is read picture books aloud to my students, even better if the books can make us all laugh! My students know very well that “Ms. Scaglione loves silly books!” I can’t resist a great sense of humor played out in both words and pictures, so I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite read alouds guaranteed to get you and your students giggling!
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
The Bruce books are definitely at the top of my list! Mother Bruce is the one that started it all. A grumpy bear suddenly becomes a mother figure to three baby geese, and he is NOT happy about it. Bruce and his friends never fail to make us laugh!
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman & Zachariah OHora
I read this book for the first time this year as a part of our state book awards, and my students absolutely loved it! A classic tale of misunderstanding between a girl and a hibernating bear. My favorite part is getting to yell, “Horrible bear!” over and over while my students giggle away!
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano & Lee Harper
This is an older book but remains one of my favorite Thanksgiving tales. Poor Turkey is determined to escape the dinner table, but his disguises don’t seem to be working… My students love seeing Turkey’s silly disguise attempts!
The Christmas Selfie Contest by Rosie Greening
Alfie the elf likes to be the best at everything, including Santa’s selfie contest – but his plans quickly go awry when his selfies don’t turn out as expected. Even after reading this book aloud to 25 classes, I was still laughing every time!
Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John & Bob Shea
This book won my state’s picture book award for good reason! Floyd is quite upset that everyone keeps calling him a monster just because of his fuzzy monster hair and sharp monster teeth… Why can’t they see him for who is really is? Hilarious and heartfelt, my students adored this one!
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinsky
Moose is so excited to be a part of the alphabet, but when the letter M rolls around, it’s not him! My students love watching Moose stampede through the pages, making a big mess in protest of being left out of the alphabet!
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt & Adam Rex
I picked this book up at the Scholastic Reading Summit a few years ago and laughed so hard that people started staring at me! Drew Daywalt (of The Day the Crayons Quit fame) has another winner with this hilarious tale of three great warriors and their epic battle!
Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood & Claudia Rueda
My students love to request the “cat books” as read alouds! Easter Cat was the first one that I read to them, and it’s still my favorite of the series. Students have to pay extra close attention to the illustrations in order to get all of the humor!
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea – Goat is not impressed with Unicorn and his show-off ways, even if everyone else in the neighborhood is! This book is hilarious and teaches a great lesson about friendship. I love Bob Shea’s books, and I’m very much looking forward to the sequel to this one!
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak – No list of silly books is complete without this one! If you’re willing to go all-in with your silliness and make lots of strange sounds, this book is guaranteed to make your audience roar with laughter!
What are your favorite laugh-out-loud picture books? Share them in the comments below!