by Dayne Sislen
Humor is what makes something funny.
A sense of humor is the ability to recognize humor.
There is nothing quite as satisfying as reading a funny book to a child and watching them giggle and respond to the words and pictures. Reading to children increases their comprehension and reading funny books helps them to develop a keen sense of humor. Humor can teach children to become more creative.
Children and adults who laugh together are healthier and less likely to be depressed. A child with a well-developed sense of humor is happier and more optimistic. They have higher self-esteem and are more likely to be immune to bullying.
Next time you visit your book store or library, pick up a few humorous picture books to share with your little ones. You will both benefit from the giggles and laughter that ensue. Happy reading!