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20 Funny Picture Books for Kindergarten

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Like to Laugh? Take a look at our list of teacher-approved funny picture books. Handpicked by experienced teachers. You’ll have your class giggling in no time. Super fun, read-aloud picture books to introduce your Kindergarten students to the joys of reading.

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Every Kindergarten class library needs a great selection of funny picture books for kids. They are a great way to get even the most reluctant students interested in books. It is also a great way to send the message that reading is fun. Besides, laughing together is a fantastic way to build community, and it is fun for you, too! Recently teachers in the Simply Kinder Teachers Facebook group shared the names of their favorite laugh-out-loud reads. We’ve gathered them together in a fabulous book list that will get everyone giggling.

Teacher Approved List of Funny Picture Books

The Book Without Pictures by B.J. Novak

This book was the clear winner in the Facebook group! Who would think that a picture book with absolutely no pictures could be hysterically funny? Oh but it is! The trick to this is that the reader MUST say everything written on the page. No matter how silly! Kinders think that having their teacher read words like BORK or BLUUF is the funniest thing ever.

Ham it up and make weird noises- or pretend you can’t possibly read the next page aloud and suddenly blurt it out. Let the giggles begin!

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasa

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The story in this funny picture book unfolds in a very silly way and Kinders love it. Mr. Fox can barely believe his eyes when a lovely-looking piglet knocks on his door. He cannot believe that supper has just arrived. It must be his lucky day!

Or, is it?

Somehow, Mr. Fox ends up feeding his visitor, giving him a full spa treatment, and letting the piglet escape. In the end, it turns out to be Piglet’s lucky day. This is a funny story and gets everyone laughing

The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

No list of funny pictures books would be complete without something by Mo Willems. All children love his books and the Pigeon series gets everyone giggling. In this book, our Pigeon is VERY dirty. In fact, there are stinky waves coming from their body. Yet Pigeon insists they can’t possibly have a bath and comes up with every conceivable reason why. Classic Mo Willems and a lot of fun to read.

Wonkey Donkey By Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

This book rocketed to fame after a YouTube video showing a grandmother trying to read this book aloud. By the end she is laughing so hard, she can barely read.

This is a very silly book and kids love it. The book repeats the same phrase over and adds another word to the description of the donkey. Eventually, you end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky, donkey! 

What child wouldn’t love a farting donkey who wears an eye patch? Each page starts with “I was walking down the road and I saw a donkey, HEE-HAW!” Make the loudest, silliest rendition of Hee Haw you can and encourage your students to join in. They are going to love this book.

Here is that video

Parts by Tedd Arnold

This fun book follows a young boy who suddenly realizes that strange things are happening to his body. His hair is falling out, there is fuzz in his belly button, and something just fell out of his nose. Then one of his teeth starts wobbling.

He becomes convinced that his body is falling apart

Parts is a funny look at a subject that is fascinating to most Kinders. The stuff our bodies leaks, loses, and sheds. Kids love this book and it does warn them that their teeth will come loose. One of my early memories is the horror I felt when my first baby tooth started to wobble. I was the oldest child and had no idea that I would be losing any teeth!

You Don’t Want an Unicorn by  Ame Dyckman

A young boy wishes for a unicorn and the narrator tries to tell him all the reasons this is a bad idea. Unicorns make the very worst pets. They poke holes in the ceiling, shed, and even poop cupcakes! Children love the silly illustrations that accompany the warnings and you can guarantee loads of giggles when you read this one aloud.

Don’t Press the Button by Bill Cotter

The rule is simple. Don’t push the button. It is not hard. You never know what will happen if you push the button. It could be awful. This fun book introduces the children to a lovable monster called Larry. Somehow, he will persuade your kids to push the button and chaos ensues. The only way to get things back to normal is to shake and poke the book. You also get to push the button again and again. Children love interacting with the story in this way. It is a fun book.

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Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

As I’m sure you know, any book that even mentions underpants will be a hit with Kinders. This book is full of monsters. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are quite scary! However, they all agree on one thing. They love zany underpants. Every Saturday night they gather in a secret cave to show off their underpants.

Admit it, you are laughing already.

The illustrations are fabulous and there is so much to see in each picture. Your Kinders are going to love all the underpants.

I Need a New Butt by Dawn McMillan 

Bums are the other topic guaranteed to cause hysterical giggles in your class! This book will have your students rolling off their chairs. It may take a while to get through! A young boy discovers he has a huge problem. His butt has a major crack in it. Did it happen when he got on his bike or slid down the banister? He goes in search of a new one. Will he choose a rocket butt? Maybe a robot one? Your kids will love this silly book! This story is loads of fun for kids who have discovered bathroom humor. Yet it manages to do it without being too gross. After all, what kid does not find bums hilarious?

Thomas’ Snowsuit by Robert Munsch

We couldn’t have a list of funny pictures books without at least one Robert Munsch. Thomas has a new snowsuit and it is the ugliest thing ever created. Thomas refuses to put it on. His mother, teacher, and principal all try and Thomas is adamant. Hilarity ensues when the adults try to get Thomas into his snowsuit.

My boys LOVED this book! They loved shouting out NOOOOO! They thought the antics of the adults were so funny. My oldest particularly loved the end of the book where the principal moves to a place where there is never any snow. It appealed to my son’s sense of humor.

Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins

An adorably cute story of a grumpy bear called Bruce who just loves to eat eggs. But when 4 little goslings hatch from their shells in front of him and refuse to leave, Bruce must take on the role of mother goose. The illustrations make the book, showing the grumpy bear doing his best to be a mother to the demanding goslings.  Kids (and adults) will both enjoy reading this story, which has a sweet ending- even if it does involve one very grouchy bear.

I want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The bear is looking for his missing hat. He asks all the woodland creatures he meets if they’ve seen it, but no one has. We follow along with bear as he goes on a quest to recover what’s gone. What will happen next? Told almost entirely in dialogue, this story is one that will entertain both adults and children alike. The ending is too mischievous to give away.

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You say Ohh and I say Ahh by John Kane

This hilarious interactive read-aloud will have everyone giggling helplessly! The listeners help to tell the story by responding as instructed to simple cues. I say ooh and you say ahh; pat your head when you see red; yell underpants when you see an ant. There’s not much of a story or text, but that’s what makes it so fun! You can ham it up with goofy sound effects and expressions.  Besides, no kid will object to yelling out the word underpants. It is guaranteed to have your class laughing aloud.

Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle

Walter is a gray-colored dog with an apologetic face. Two children adopt him and bring him home. Walter is a great dog. He has one problem though: he has bad gas. Really bad gas! Nothing can stop it. Father says that the smelly dog cannot stay. Walter must go back to the adoption center the next day. Then, at night, the burglars strike. Walter’s farts save the day and earns him a reprieve. This book is a favorite of the children. Kinders love this book. At this age, even the mention of the word fart will get them giggling, so this book will be a firm favorite. 

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan Higgins

It is the first day of school and lovable dinosaur Penelope Rex can’t wait to go to school. Then she finds out that all her classmates are children. Everyone knows how delicious children are, so Penelope eats them and gets into trouble! The teacher even makes Penelope spit them out again! Poor Penelope doesn’t understand why everyone is so upset with her until the class goldfish bites her finger. This is a fun book to read aloud, and children enjoy the humor. I love the diversity that is included in the class. There are classmates of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

The impatient caterpillar climbs up a tree with his friends to transform into a butterfly. But the long wait in his chrysalis is so long. He starts to complain, “Can I get a comic?” “What if I have to go to the bathroom?” “Anyone want to play a game?” This book is great for Kinders who understand what it’s like to wait impatiently. Eventually, the caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly. All is well until it is time to migrate and the “are we there yet?” questions begin. This book is a lot of fun to read. The cartoon-like illustrations add to the humor. The caterpillar’s antics will tickle your student’s funny bones. 

Click Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown is shocked when his cows send a typed note demanding electric blankets. The farmer refuses to provide blankets so the cows strike. Soon, the demands increase, and the chickens want electric blankets as well. They withhold their eggs! What is Farmer Brown to do? The farmers and their animals come to a settlement and peace is restored. This story is clever, offbeat, and silly. Colorful illustrations accompany the simple text, which introduces children to Farmer Brown’s and his lovable animals.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Duncan, (who we never see) goes to do some coloring, finds a stack of letters from his crayons. They are all complaints. Purple is losing it and wants Duncan to color within the lines. Gray is tired from coloring large objects, and poor peach feels naked without his wrapper. Each page spread has the letter of complaint alongside a picture of the suffering crayon. The crayons use Duncan’s drawings to prove their points. This is a fun and creative book.

We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie Series feature the return of his beloved characters, Gerald and Piggie. They discover that they are characters in a book! Mirth ensues when the two of them realize a new power: “If the reader reads out loud,” they can make the reader say what they want. Piggie chooses a word and the silliness ramps up as they figure out how to make the reader say “Banana”. However, there is trouble on the horizon. Gerald and Piggie discover to their horror that books end and there are only a few pages left. Nevertheless, Piggie comes up with a plan – they just need to ask, “Will you please read us again? A silly and creative book that will have your class laughing aloud.

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox

The silliness of this book will have you and your students laughing from beginning to end. How can you resist a book that starts with the line “Once upon a bad hair day, a prince rode up Rapunzel’s way.” In rhyming text, the author tells a story of a hilarious misunderstanding. The prince hears Rapunzel’s whine (she is “upset her hair had lost its shine”) and mistakes it for a plea (after which he “sallied forth to set her free”). The hilarity continues when the prince asks her to throw down her hair and receives Rapunzel’s gaily-colored underwear—followed by dirty socks instead of curly locks, silky dresses for silky tresses, and pancake batter for a ladder. This is a hilarious re-telling of the traditional fairy tale! It also has a cute twist at the end that ends the story beautifully.

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You have seen our list. Do you have any more titles to add? What are your favorite funny picture books to read aloud?

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