Check out these funny books for preschoolers, both on and off our platform!
Who doesn’t love a good chuckle? Humor is one of the most effective ways to get 2-4-year old kids hooked on reading ahead of kindergarten. These top picks, including silly rhyming stories and funny picture books to read aloud, will make you and your kid laugh out loud as they build vocab and early reading skills.
Take a look at our favorite funny books for preschoolers below!
Funny Books for Preschoolers on Epic
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Animated book)
By Doreen Cronin
“Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” is a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek story about a scrappy crew of literate cows that go on strike.
When the cows at Farmer Brown’s farm discover a typewriter one day, they put it to good use and type a letter asking the farmer for electric blankets to keep them warm in the chilly barn. Farmer Brown isn’t impressed by their demands (or newfound typing skills). So he responds with a firm “no.” This fun book is a cute early lesson in persuasive letter writing. And the animated audio format makes it perfect for a read-aloud.
Dragons Love Tacos 2: the Sequel (Animated book)
Written by: Adam Rubin
Illustrated by: Daniel Salmieri
This sequel to the New York Times best-selling book, “Dragons Love Tacos” is a great book for a rip-roaring story time!
The world is in crisis: There are NO MORE tacos left. This is a huge problem for our taco-loving dragons, so they hatch a plan to travel back in time so they can grab all the tacos and bring them back to the present. Will they succeed?
Written by: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
Also topping our list of funny books for preschoolers is “Duck! Rabbit!.” Your little one will get a kick out of this digital version of the New York Times best-selling board book. They’ll giggle over the classic “duck versus rabbit” visual puzzle and scratch their heads as they work out the age-old conundrum: Is it a duck or a rabbit? The snappy, funny narration makes for a super-fun read-aloud, not to mention a lively debate.
Written by: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Leo is a pretty cool guy. He likes to draw, read books and do other things ordinary kids like to do. But unlike ordinary kids, Leo’s a ghost. Most people can’t see him, and his good intentions are often misunderstood by those he encounters (including the new family that moves into his house). So one day, he decides he’s been a “house ghost” long enough and sets out to see the world as a “roaming ghost.” Along the way he befriends a young girl named Jane, and the two set off on a day of imaginative fun.
This sweet, humorous tale will show your kid the value of friendship and that it’s okay to be different (even if you’re a ghost).
By: Claudia Rueda
Ages: 5 & under
This interactive version of “The Three Little Pigs” invites your kid to play a very important part in the story: The Big Bad Wolf! Page after page, they get to do the huffing and puffing, and blow the pigs’ houses down. This fractured fairy tale has a happy twist ending, though, when the wolf blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs.
Written by: Nancy E Shaw
Illustrated by: Margot Apple
A flock of hapless sheep drive through the country in this whirlwind of a rhyming Read-To-Me book. With whimsical text and brightly colored pencil illustrations, this book follows the sheep through a series of mishaps. Hilarity ensues when they get stuck in the mud, then the adventure culminates in a heap of a jeep. Kids will love the funny, light-hearted narrative. It even includes a fun “make your own sheep” activity at the end.
Children Make Terrible Pets (Audiobook)
By: Peter Brown
In this bestselling, hilarious twist on the age-old first-pet story, Lucy the bear finds a little boy in the woods and decides to take him home and keep him. Despite her mother’s warning that “children make terrible pets,” Lucy keeps him anyway, naming him “Squeaker.”
Your young reader will love joining Lucy and Squeaker on their day of fun as they figure out for themselves, do children really make terrible pets?
President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath (Animated book)
Written by: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Chris Van Dusen
Learning about U.S. presidents has never been so fun! In this wildly funny story, kids will lose it over the hilarious illustrations and narration. They’ll follow the famously statured head of state as he enlists everyone from the First Lady to the Secretary of Agriculture to get him out of the bath.
Written by: Jory John
Illustrated by: Pete Oswald
This New York Times bestseller is about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. He has a bad temper, bad manners and a bad attitude. He cuts in line, rudely stares and doesn’t listen. One day, this very bad seed has a change of heart and decides he wants to be happy. But he may have to change his attitude and behavior to make that happen.
Reminiscent of the classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” this funny yet touching tale shows kids that positive change is possible through will, acceptance and embracing the right frame of mind.
Want more? Here are a few other titles we love off our platform, all available on Amazon.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
By: Mo Willems
This hilarious book starts off giving kids one job: don’t, under any circumstance let the pigeon drive the bus! The pigeon then does everything in his power to try to get the listener to allow him to drive.
Brilliant in its simplicity, this book teaches kids the importance of following rules and not letting others sway them from doing what they know is right.
The prose will inspire more than a few giggles and kids can learn a valuable lesson from the pigeon and the driver.
By: David Ezra Stein
This Caldecott Medal Honor book tops our list of funny picture books! This hilarious story is about a young chicken who continually interrupts her father as he’s trying to read a book at bedtime.
The impatient interrupting chicken jumps (uninvited) into the stories of Chicken Little, Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales that her father is trying to read to her.
This story is a fun, non-preachy way for parents to teach their kids about etiquette. A great conversation starter would be asking your child why it’s so important to allow others to speak without interrupting.
The Book With No Pictures
By: B.J. Novak
Another great #1 New York Times bestseller, this uniquely funny read-aloud book by B.J. Novak turns the notion of a picture book completely on its head. A picture-free book for kids is boring, right? Not when whoever is reading must read everything on the page out loud, no matter how silly it is.
It could be eating ants for breakfast, or just a bunch of goofy sounds that crack little ones up, like “blaggity blaggity.” This book is so clever and amusing, your kid won’t even miss the pictures (and neither will you).
The Day the Crayons Quit
Written by: Drew Daywalt
In this hilarious, colorful #1 New York Times bestseller, Duncan is getting ready to color, but when he opens his crayon box, the crayons are gone! Instead he finds only written letters saying they’ve had enough and quit. Blue crayon needs a break from coloring water. Black crayon is tired of just outlining. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking (they each think they’re the true color of the sun). Can Duncan appease the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
The Going to Bed Book
By: Sandra Boynton
Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic. Perfect for winding down for bedtime, this book lets little ones and preschoolers follow along as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.
That’s our list of funny books for preschoolers! For more of the funniest children’s books for kids of all ages, including the Captain Underpants series and others, check out our post: “Funny Children’s Books to Keep ‘Em Laughing (and Reading!).”