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!

Quiet and Loud Picture Books that Speak Volumes 

I Liked this blog post because I believe there is a time for quiet and a time for LOUD.

This post is by Jackie Leathers

A while back, I wrote a post entitled, Ten Quiet Picture Books that Speak Volumes which described ten books that quietly deliver strong messages.  Some books whisper, but some books shout.  Here are ten picture books that are loud in one way or another.

To read more about LOUD books: Ten Loud Picture Books that Speak Volumes by Jackie Leathers

Deborah Underwood (Houghton Mifflin 2011)

David Elliot, illus. Basil Ering (Candlewick Press 2009)

 

 

  

 

Jackie Leathers is a reading specialist at Alton Central School in Alton, New Hampshire and an avid reader of books that have loud messages.