Laugh Out Loud Books for Kids and Teens

laugh out loud books pic3 1957

It's been said that laughter is the best medicine, and when it comes to kids and reading, getting a dose of humor can go a long way. Kids love to laugh, and the more they laugh when they read, the more likely they are to want to keep reading.

Some parents may be reluctant to give humorous books to their kids, thinking only serious tomes will help them become literate. But don't worry: Funny books carry just as much weight as serious ones when it comes to helping kids develop good reading skills. Plus, your children are likely to read serious books in school, which makes it especially important that you let them have fun reading at home.

Here's a selection of titles that may cause your young readers to snort, chuckle and laugh out loud. Caution: These titles have been known to cause liquids to be sprayed out of noses, stomach muscles to cramp, and bodies of all ages to fall on the floor and roll around laughing.

For readers ages 9 to 13 

cosmic 1957

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. When a boy who looks old for his age poses as his dad to go into outer space with a classmate pretending to be his daughter, everybody is in for a surprise.

quest of the warrior sheep 1957

The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christine and Christopher Russell. Five rare-breed sheep set off to save the world, followed closely by bandits, the media, and a boy who simply wants them to come home.

Boy Tales of Childhood 1957

Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl. Stories of dead rats in candy jars, pipe tobacco made from goat droppings, and characters that inspired Dahl's later fiction are sprinkled throughout this memoir.

A Year Down Yonder 1957

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. When Mary Alice leaves Chicago to spend a year with her grandma in the countryside, she doesn't expect Grandma Dowdel to be even better than the local boys at pulling pranks.

the detectives assistant 1957

The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan. Eleven-year-old Nell goes on a series of madcap adventures with her Aunt Kitty, a character based on America's first female detective.

the true blue boyscouts 1957

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. Two raccoon brothers living in an old car abandoned in a Texas swamp are at the center of this tale that includes feral hogs, alligators, rattlesnakes and a boy who wants to protect his environment.

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For readers 14 and older 

match made in high school 1957

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker. As part of a mandatory “Marriage Education” program, Fiona has to “marry” a jerk named Todd. Each tries to sabotage the other in escalating pranks.

Cardturner 1957

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. Alton spends a summer as chauffeur and cardturner for his blind great uncle Lester's bridge games. Along the way he learns about life, love, and how playing bridge can teach you about both.

Absolutely True Diary 1957

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. A lot of bad stuff happens to Arnold Spirit, a Spokane Indian, after he leaves the reservation to attend a white high school. But Arnold's humor and his ability to love people for what they are despite their flaws carries him through.

How I Stole Johnny Depps Alien Girlfriend 1957

How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain. This quirky, funny sci-fi story teams David up with Zelda, a girl who claims to be from another planet looking for her perfect mate, Johnny Depp.

skink 1957

Skink - No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen. Richard's cousin disappears, and he turns to an unlikely ally to help him find her: a ragged, one-eyed, ex-governor of Florida. In their search they brave lightning storms, snake-infested swamps, and other natural and unnatural hazards.

Angus Thongs 1957

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series #1) by Louise Rennison. Fourteen-year-old Georgia worries about her embarrassing parents, her developing body, and learning to kiss.

Cindy Hudson writes about books and reading at

Published July 2016


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