There are so many hilarious books to read to kids, some better than others! Finding the perfect book is just the start.
Anytime you read enthusiastically out loud to children, they will be interested. Once you have a great book picked out, quickly get into character! Your audience will be captivated! You never can go wrong with using silly voices, adjusting the pitch and tone of your voice, and adding dramatic pauses………….like that!
Reading aloud also benefits brain development, see this video from PBS
All books sound good when you read them out loud. Certain books though, seem as if they were destined to be read in front of an audience. They are some of the best books to read to kids and so fun for the reader too!
My family and I came up with a list of some of our favorite books to read to children.
These books are specifically geared towards kids aged 4 – 6 years old, but older kids would enjoy them too. Who am I kidding…I still enjoy these books!
We narrowed it down to our absolute favorites, here it goes!
I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer
I can’t even say the title without getting my mad face and my quiet angry voice! Reading this book with facial animation if key! The naughty little critter in this story just wants to have a bit of fun, but he is told NO over and over again. He feels like the world is turning against him and he wants to run away. Does he run away or change his attitude? You will just have to read this hilarious book to find out.
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? By Dr. Seuss
By far, one of the best books to read out loud! It is filled with sounds the reader gets to mimic, like horse feet going klopp, klopp, klopp! It’s not just animal sounds he makes, but the sounds of all sorts of random objects! With this book with a quick pace and be extra animated with the sound effects! You will have those kiddos roaring with laughter!
The Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illustrations by Kevin Hawkes
This sweet story is a personal favorite, but not super well known. It will be a favorite of yours too once you read this, I promise. It’s a story about a big friendly lion who wanders into a library one day and shakes things up a bit. Not in the way you would expect though. This story may bring on a tiny tear or two, but don’t fear. The ending is very happy, tears of joy as we all learn a valuable lesson.
My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman, illustrations by Kevin Hawkes
This hysterical book is about a little sister who eats everything from worms to bats to whatever is disgusting. This story is told with rhymes that will have your audience in stitches, wondering what she will eat next! Tell this story with dramatic flair and appropriate facial expressions, they will love it! All kids love a gross story, and this book is perfect for that!
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
I remember when both my kids were in Kindergarten, their teacher read this book to them. The kicker was that she also made real green eggs and ham for them to eat in class! My son was appalled, my daughter said they were delicious! This classic Seuss book is filled with wordy rhymes that build in intensity. It is only natural to read this book with loads of expression! It is always a favorite in the classrooms!
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
My mom introduced the Skippyjon books to us when our kids were really little. They are a hit with all the grandkids! Skippyjon is an overly imaginative kitty who is always getting into trouble. He is also convinced that he is a chihuahua and not a cat at all. His curiosity gets the best of him and he just cannot stop himself from having crazy adventures. What a naughty kitty, what will he think up next? I love to read this with my best worst Spanish accent.
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, illustrations by Marc Brown
This book is a popular read out loud book, especially in the classroom. The story is about a librarian who drives her bookmobile into the zoo. What happens next is hilarious! Wild About Books is one of a kind because it makes several references to tons of other great books! Books like Nancy Drew, Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss books and many others are mentioned in this creative book! Kudos to Judy Sierra! The rhyming tongue twisters are a hoot to read and will have you in stitches!
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz
This classic book has been a favorite read out loud book for years. It starts with a little boy who wakes up with gum in his hair. He knows right away that it is going to be an awful day, sure enough, it just gets worse. We have all had bad days, and can relate to Alexander’s day. Reading this book with lots of serious dramatic tones will really appeal to your listeners.
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
This is another classic Seuss favorite in our family. This book contains several Dr. Seuss stories in one book, but our favorite is The Sneetches. The Sneetches are these silly creatures who live in a very divided community. All the Sneetches look the same, except for a star on their belly. Well, the star-bellied are quite snobby. That all changes though, when a fast-talking slickster rolls into town and disrupts everything. I love this story because it reminds us all to be kind and not judge each other by appearances. Like all Dr. Seuss books, the silly rhyming text is a hoot to read out loud!
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! By Dr. Seuss
This is another great read out loud book from Dr. Seuss, who else? This book is full of silly Seuss rhymes that will have your little listeners giggling like mad. The “Geeling on the ceiling” and the “Zower in the shower” are just a few of the goofy characters that occupy the main character’s home. This book is classic ridiculousness done only the way Dr. Suess can do it! I recommend this to all my friends with little ones! You will have a great time reading this, get creative with accents and silly voices!
I hope this was a helpful list and you enjoy reading these silly books out loud! For more information about the benefits of reading out loud, check out our post Improve Reading Comprehension For Kids – Shout It Out!
Have a wonderful week and remember….Read on my friends!
Thank you so much, Kris 🙂