My biggest fear while pregnant was that my kids would hate to read! I’m dead serious y’all. I would cry randomly, “Honey, what if our kids hate to read?!” Through tears, I was begging my husband to call me crazy, because in all honesty I was afraid they’d hate to read. He’d kindly tell me, “Of course they will love to read, don’t worry”
I trusted that he was right with his reassuring manner. In hindsight I don’t know why I was so worried they’d hate reading, perhaps it’s not terrible if reading isn’t your thing. But dang it all to heck if my kids didn’t like to read. To my incredibly non-hormonal surprise they all really LOVE to read or be read to. My ego gets a little big when my oldest checks out stacks of books, and then occupies himself with those books. I am excited for the journeys they are going on with the characters and the information their little brains get to absorb. It seems silly for me to be so excited about such a thing, but reading is so powerful and fun.
That is why I thought it was so NECESSARY for me to share with you the 5 Silliest Books we have ever read to our kids. Like, we laugh out loud along with the kids silly. Warning, corny sentiment ahead——Nothing warms my mom heart more than hearing my kids giggle uncontrollably with their red cheeks, and arms holding their tummies while they beg to read it, “AGAIN DAD!!”
In no particular order, I give to you the 5 Silliest Kids Books Every Parent Should Read:
The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak. I know, I know. This book hits all of the top kid books lists. But hear me out. The Book with No Pictures hits all of my qualifications for a kids book to be silly. It’s interactive. It proves you don’t need pretty artwork to get someones attention. Well, then there’s the fact that we are obsessed with The Office and we aren’t afraid to laugh at BJ’s work. Read this only if you are unabashedly willing to make a fool of yourself.
The Pigeon Needs a Bath. by Mo Willems. Ok, listen up moms and dads. If you don’t own a single book by Mo Willems, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. Hands down, any of the Pigeon or Piggy books will make you and your kids laugh. Nothing lightens the mood more than a pigeon that negotiates his way out of a bath….the same way your small child would. In fact, Pigeon insists his bath a month ago is sufficient. If Willems is implying our kids are like dirty pigeons, he might be a tad bit correct.
Thelma the Unicorn. by Aaron Blabey. Thelma dreams of becoming a unicorn, because who wouldn’t if given the chance? She becomes that razzle-dazzle sparkly unicorn. Insert a moment where Thelma converts a carrot into a sparkly unicorn horn and all the world begins to adore her. This book has wonderful moments of learning to love oneself, intertwined with Unicorn shopping high jinks! Blabey uses his illustrations to show the audacity of a tiny horse becoming a unicorn.
Dragons Love Tacos. by Adam Rubin. Every little kid loves a good dragon story am I right? But what happens when you mix a good dragon story with something like a love for tacos?? Pure and utter silliness. Envision various dragons eating all kinds of tacos. Strange sure, but if you ever wanted to see a dragon blow smoke and fire from their noses be careful that you don’t feed them salsa in those tacos. Kids will laugh and totally relate to not enjoying spicy foods in this modern day tale of fun food and medieval dragon lore.
Chicken Cheeks. by Michael Ian Black. Picture a bear on a hunt to get honey. Poor bear can’t reach that honey…..so what is a bear to do? Well like any good bear, he rounds all of his animal friends up to build a tower of animals to get to that honey. Can you name a child that won’t giggle at the word BUTT? I didn’t think so. This book very simply names every animals backside in a the silliest of ways, with simple words and rhyming. How about a “duckbill platypus, glutemus maximus” sound to your kiddos ears??
I would love to hear what your favorite kids books are? Drop them in the comment box below, I would love to add to my list for my kids!