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Children's Books That Will Make You Smile

Updated on June 30, 2011

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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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Great hub..Thanks

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      Lyudmyla Hoffman 6 years ago from United States

      I see you work with children! Mo Willems has a series of books about a pigeon as well. They are absolutely hysterical! Check them out, if you haven't yet. :)

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      Kate Spenser 6 years ago from Austin, TX

      Thanks for some great suggestions! The only one of these I've read is Knuffle Bunny (one of my all-time favorites!), so I will definitely add the other 4 to my to-read list. I'm always looking for more children's book favorites! :)