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Unleash the Laughter: 20 Silly Books for Ultimate Story Time Fun

The benefits of reading aloud to kids of all ages are tremendous. Reading books aloud promotes better listening skills, fosters deeper connections and thinking, increases vocabulary and helps with attention spans.


Even children who are reading independently benefit from having stories read to them - often, this is the time when they can listen to stories they may not be able to read, but have an interest and ability to understand.


Research shows that lifelong readers are more likely to have been read to all throughout their adolescent years (yes, even when they were in high school!). If we continue to show how fun and exciting it can be to listen to stories, kids of all ages will cherish storytelling and want to read on their own.


This collection of silly books for story time is perfect for reading aloud to kids of all ages. Most of these books include exciting dialogue, detailed illustrations and silly storylines that both kids and adults will really enjoy.


You can find our favorite silly books for story time on our Bookshop page.

Lou

Author/Illustrator: Breanna Carzoo | Publisher: HarperCollins


Lou is a fire hydrant with a very important job… he’s the toilet for dogs on their daily walks. Deep down inside though, he feels like there’s something more to him. When a fire breaks out in a nearby apartment, Lou gets the chance to be the hero he never dreamt he could be!


Bathe the Cat

Author: Alice B. McGinty | Illustrator: David Roberts| Publisher: Chronicle Books


Grandma Marge is coming so Dad and Papa create a list of chores for the family to complete before her arrival. Their cat really doesn’t want to take a bath though, so she keeps scrambling the list of chores, and silly chaos ensues! Soon, Bobby is feeding the mat, and Sarah is supposed to mop the cat? What?


This book is so much fun, don’t miss it! It also features a multiracial family with two dads. This kind of affirming, loving, joyful representation is so important. This book really couldn’t be more purrfect!

Does a Bulldozer Have a Butt?

Author: Derick Wilder | Illustrator: K-Fai Steele | Publisher: Chronicle Books


This author/illustrator team hit it out of the park with this book! Does a Bulldozer Have a Butt? is a dialogue between a father and daughter as they walk through their city (hi, San Francisco!). The young girl asks if all types of things have butts, and he responds in perfect rhyme.


The illustrations include more than 200 butts of inanimate objects the pair don’t even discuss - that’s pretty remarkable! This book is sweet, innocent, and perfectly relatable for any parent of a curious child who likes to ask questions.


Don’t miss their new book, I Made These Ants Some Underpants!


Mr. Watson’s Chickens

Author: Jarrett Dapier | Illustrator: Andrea Tsurumi | Publisher: Chronicle Books


This book is sure to bring the giggles, and the illustrations are something to marvel at! Mr. Watson and his partner, Mr. Nelson, love their chickens - they have 1, 2, 3! Then suddenly, their chickens start multiplying until they have 456 chickens! Chickens in the sink, chickens in their beds, chickens on their heads, and all over the place. Mr. Nelson says it's TOO MANY CHICKENS!


Can Mr. Watson sell the chickens? Can order in their home be restored? Not before things get very silly and very messy. You’re going to love this book!


Paletero Man

Author: Lucky Diaz | Illustrator: Micah Player | Publisher: HarperCollins


Paletero Man is the perfect summer treat! On a hot day in Los Angeles, nothing sounds better to our narrator than an ice cold paleta - he has to find Paletero José! He dreams of all the delicious possibilities while venturing down Eighth Avenue and greets some of the special mainstays in his community. When he finally finds Paletero José, he realizes he’s lost all his dinero! Oh no! Can his neighborhood friends save the day?


This is a beautiful representation of the birthplace of the immigrant street food vendor culture in Los Angeles. It also includes Spanish words throughout, and is available in an entirely Spanish version. We LOVE this book!


The Boy Who Cried Poop

Author: Alessandra Requena | Illustrator: Guilherme Karston | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books


This book will be especially funny to any parent who has ever struggled with toddler potty learning and thought, "just poop already!" In this laugh-out-loud story, a dad and his kids are supposed to be enjoying a nice time swimming in a pool... but every time they jump in, one kid realizes he has to poop! After getting every one in and out of the pool many times, the kid eventually does poop, but its not the outcome anyone was expecting!


Papa's Magical Water-Jug Clock

Author: Jesus Trejo | Illustrator: Eliza Kinkz | Publisher: Minerva


One Saturday, Jesus is excited to help out his dad with the family's landscaping business. Papa puts him in charge of something very important - the magical water-jug clock! Papa says the workday is done when the water is gone. Jesus cannot help but find all sorts of ways to share the water, and before they know it, its empty! He ultimately learns an important lesson about time and resources, and you'll be laughing through his whole journey!


Buffalo Fluffalo

Author: Bess Kalb | Illustrator: Erin Kraan | Publisher: Random House Story


Buffalo Fluffalo is one of our favorite books of the year! In this story, one grumpy buffalo does everything he can to keep to himself even though lots of animals try to connect with him. No matter what though, he bristly and grumpy and standoffish! A huge thunder storm changes everything for old Buffalo Fluffalo, though, and he realizes he doesn't always have to be so tough. He also learns that its possible to be loved and adored for exactly who you are. Don't miss this one!


Seals are Jerks!

Author: Tziporah Cohen | Illustrator: Udayana Lugo | Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press


In a hilarious story for fans of We Don't Eat Our Classmates, a young girl is determined to find out the truth about her favorite animals -- and find out once and for all, are seals really jerks and do they really eat penguins?!



There's No Such Thing as Vegetables

Author: Tziporah Cohen | Illustrator: Udayana Lugo | Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press


A hilarious new picture book that exposes vegetables for what they truly are―leaves, roots, flowers, and stalks―by National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor winner Kyle Lukoff, perfect for fans of the Our Universe series.


The Book That Almost Rhymed

Author: Tziporah Cohen | Illustrator: Udayana Lugo | Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press


What do you do with an interrupting sibling? Especially when she's stepping all over your story with wild ideas that don’t. Even. Rhyme. Knights riding rockets? Dancing pirates? Who’s ever heard of a fire-breathing armadillo?! But when this big brother realizes his sister just might be improving his yarn—and doing it with an impressive surprise of her own—it's clear what you do with an interrupting sibling. You share the narrative! Turns out adventure is way more fun when you build it together, rhyme by daring rhyme.


On No, the Aunts are Here

Author: Adam Rex | Illustrator: Lian Cho | Publisher: Chronicle Books


Every family has its special aunt: the cool aunt, the wacky aunt, the scary aunt. But this family has ALL THE AUNTS.


Shhh, listen. Do you hear that?

Oh no. Oh dear. Oh . . . my . . . godmother.

They've traveled on planes, in taxis, and across state lines. And now they're here at the doorstep, a cheesy gift in one hand, the other poised for a pinch on the cheek.


IT'S THE AUNTS! THE AUNTS ARE HERE.

One girl’s all-too-recognizable experience—a visit from a troupe of overwhelming and overly enthusiastic relations—escalates to new heights of chaos, absurdity, and delight in a laugh-out-loud take on family reunions. Written with signature humor by Adam Rex and illustrated by Lian Cho, this picture book is a celebration of the universal and endearing strangeness of family.

Everybody in the Red Brick Building

Author: Anne Wynter | Illustrator: Oge Moro | Publisher: Balzer + Bray


This book is the perfect bedtime story to read aloud with so much fun onomatopoeia. At first, all sorts of different sounds wake up children in their apartment building. Things get very loud and silly until eventually, everyone settles back into their beds and falls asleep. Your children will love making the various sounds in this story, and all of the bright and bold illustrations.

100 Mighty Dragons All Named Broccoli

Author: David LaRochelle | Illustrator: Lian Cho | Publisher: Dial Books


High on a mountain live 100 mighty dragons all named Broccoli. When a tremendous wind blows half the dragons away, ten others sail off to become professional surfers in Hawaii. The oldest and youngest dragons take a train to New York City to start their own heavy metal band. And a mysterious wizard turns four more into a unicorn, a werewolf, a zombie, and a tiny pink poodle.


Now how many dragons are left? Young readers will delight in following each and every dragon as they leave their home for marvelous adventures, until there is but one dragon remaining. That's when this final dragon named Broccoli retreats to a cave for the winter and reappears in the spring with a surprise that will thrill and delight. Prepare to read again!


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