You know what we realized recently over at #kidlitpicks? We've never made a list of our favorite funny books! I'm talking about ...

#KidLit Picks August Round-Up - LOL Books

Thursday, September 06, 2018 BookBairn 2 Comments

You know what we realized recently over at #kidlitpicks? We've never made a list of our favorite funny books! I'm talking about the books we can barely read aloud because we're laughing so hard and the books with pictures so ridiculous that we can't help but giggle as we pour over the illustrations. Funny books give everyone a moment in time to be fully together, laughing about what's on the page and leaving the stress or worry of everything else behind. And they're often a good way to address serious issues that are otherwise very difficult to talk about.

Throughout the month of August, the #KidLitPicks book club explored books that make us laugh out loud. Thanks to co-founder Mel Schuit of Let's Talk Picture Books for the theme!

The Big Bed, by Bunmi Laditan and Thomas Knight
“There is no way that you can read The Big Bed without laughing out loud. If you have a toddler that takes over your bed, there may be some tears mixed in with the chuckles. LOL!” — Summer from @readingisourthing

Potato Pants!, by Laurie Keller
“It's great as a read aloud, but it's also great for a solo read––the text and the illustrations are equally engaging and pair very well with each other." — Mel from @spiky_penelope

100 Dogs, by Michael Whalte
“This book is brilliantly illustrated with lots of hidden and humorous details!” —  Kim from @bookbairn

We Don't Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T Higgins
“This lighthearted back-to-school book is sure to be enjoyed countless times.” — Miranda from @bookbloom

The Funny Life of Pets, by James Campbell and Rob Jones
“It was magic watching my daughter read this book – she kept bursting with laughter at the contents”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

Baa Baa Smart Sheep, by Mark and Rowan Sommerset
“It's a fantastic read aloud, laugh-out-loud funny and so much fun to share - particularly after your little reader has heard it once and knows how the story goes.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

Beware the Monster, by Michaël Escoffier
Beware the Monster is a highly energetic and interactive book that had my boys hooting with laughter, it’s became an instant favourite.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Rodney Loses It!, by Michael Gerard Bauer
"Rodney Loses It! is a truly hysterical search for a missing pen that will resonate with little readers and adults!” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Are You My Bottom?, by Kate and Jol Temple
"With fun and funky illustrations on every spread this laugh out loud picture book is guaranteed to be a hit with all the kids”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Snail & Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends, by Tina Kügler
"We just can’t get enough of it in our house right now. Lauren from @happily.ever.elephants

The Book With No Pictures, by BJ Novak
“This book is absolutely hilarious!” — Angelique from @heads.shoulders.knees

Stegothesaurus, by Bridget Heos and T. L. McBeth“Fun and educational (vocabulary for days!), this story is a great way to introduce the concept of synonyms.” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits

No Fits, Nilson!, by Zachariah O'Hora
“It’s adorably illustrated (Zachariah O’Hora is a dream!) and manages to get us all giggling at big gorilla tantrums... which is better than crying, right??” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts

Ella Kazoo Will NOT Brush Her Hair, by Lee Fox and Cathy Wilcox
“With wonderfully playful language, the rhythm and rhyme will make you want to have this book on high read aloud rotation and will be sure to make you laugh at loud as you make connections to your personal struggle!” — Teri from @petitbookcorner

T Rex Time Machine, by Jared Chapman
“This book has my kids laughing out loud and asking for re-reads over and over.” — Michelle from


For the month of September, we're going to be focusing on books about COURAGE! This theme was chosen and introduced by Michelle

Learning to swim, going to school, meeting people for the first time, in the darkness of their bedroom, making good choices, in the face of the news on TV—kids are brave and take courage more often then we recognize. And books are great tools for talking about the times they need to have courage. Books allow us to talk about ideas that might otherwise be hard to grasp or bring up. Books allow kids to watch other kids face similar situations and struggles.

This month’s @kidlitpicks theme is COURAGE.  I can’t wait to see your books about courage start rolling in. Let’s gather SO many books on Courage under the #kidlitpicks_courage that every parent and caregiver feels they are flooded with a HUGEsource to turn to when their child is struggling to take courage.

Happy Reading,
The KidLitPicks Team and Kim x


  1. Great selection. Everyone loves a good laugh andI love some of the names here...
    Potato Pants and Ella Kazoo. Maybe you could do a theme on characters with the best funny names.

    1. That's a great idea for a theme! One of our favourites at the moment is Shifty McGifty and Lottie Potter. But I also like one of the characters from my grown up read is 'Paige Turner'.