How important is Humor in Kid’s books?

by Dayne Sislen

Humor is what makes something funny.
A sense of humor is the ability to recognize humor.

Dragon flying a burning kite

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.

A happy mouse using toast as trampoline

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!

4 comments on “How important is Humor in Kid’s books?

  1. That’s why I so enjoyed reading Bill Peet books to my primary students. Do you know his work? He was an illustrator for Disney before he started publishing his own at age 52. He published more than 100 children’s picture books before he died. Check out The Wingdingdill

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