Yes, they are funny, but humourous books are more than that. They can entertain, heal with laughter, educate and turn young people into lifelong readers. Seriously, funny books do something special. Check out this list from Megan Daley on Children’s Books Daily:
Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour
- Humour engages young people (particularly reluctant readers) as they are naturally playful and generally laugh far more than adults do.
- Humorous literature harnesses the exuberance and wonder of youth with words and ideas.
- Young people interact with their peers and foster friendships through humorous literature as they enjoy sharing the laughs with their peers.
- Humorous books reflect reality, which, in reality, is a mixture of sad and funny, joy and pain, highs and lows.
- Far from being an ‘easy option’, humorous literature encourages critical reading as young people learn to read between the lines and develop an awareness of subtly and sarcasm, right and wrong.
Humour was a big theme in our 2016 picture books. Check out how many of our books celebrate HUMOUR:
Read them all! Then try a few of these humour inducing activities, such as replacing a key word in a funny song.