Children's Books That Will Make You Smile
Once in a while, you want to find a book that will make you laugh. This list will bring a smile to your face, whether you are a child, a parent, or a teacher, looking for something special to brighten up the day. Each title is a great choice for a read aloud, and is filled with whimsical illustrations.
#1. Hug Me by Patti Stren
What a story! A porcupine, named Elliot Kravitz, is so desperate for a friendly hug - he's hugging parking meters. The illustrations are both heartwarming and hilarious. The book is out of print, but it is easy enough to find in libraries, and used copies are readily available on-line.
#2. 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill
If you've ever been a child, you can relate to this one without a trouble. A young girl gets all kinds of new rules imposed on her, including, but not limited to: "No more talking about beavers."
#3. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Mo Willems is in a class by himself. I bet you've never picked up a book with baby talk that made you laugh until you cried before, so let this one be your first one. A toddler and a misplaced beloved bunny - some combination! Don't stop here, this book has 2 sequels already in print.
#4. The Messiest Desk by Marty Kelly
School desks are dangerous things, everyone knows that. All kinds of terrifying things are hidden inside. Do not be surprised that a desk swallowed up a student, just find someone to rescue him from the depth of the messiest desk.
#5. Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague
This book presents a series of newspaper articles and letters written by Ike, the dog, to his owner - Mrs. La Rue. Ike is writing from obedience school. He is asking, begging, demanding of his owner to pick him up and bring him back home.
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