I am a firm believer that when it comes to pleasure reading, children should have free reign in their reading (age-appropriate books, of course!). They should be allowed to read comics or graphic novels, silly books and joke books – the main idea is to get them reading something they enjoy. When kids are motivated to read, they are more likely to power through a book even if their reading skills aren’t quite there.
So, on that note, here are a few books and series sure to make the little people in your life laugh!
Captain Underpants – Dav Pilkey
This series has entertained both my children. I have found both of them giggling away over these books, and I have often been made to read passages from the books that my kids thought were just too funny. Full of potty humour and innocent fun, the books revolve around friends George and Harold, and – of course – the hero of the book, Captain Underpants. Great choice for the 8-12-year-old crew.
Dog Man – Dav Pilkey
Since we are on the topic of Dav Pilkey, you might want to check out his Dog Man series. Harold and George, from Captain Underpants, create a new comic – Dog Man! When a police dog and his human officer are injured in the line of duty, a life-saving surgery is performed. The results are a man’s body with a dog’s head – and a nose for justice. This series is great for the 8-12-year-old crew.
Amelia Bedelia –
Follow the funny adventures of Amelia Bedelia, who takes everything just a little too literally. Really too literally… These are great early readers for kids who are working on their reading. It’s an older series that was originally written by Peggy Parish, but it has since been updated. They are a great choice for the 6-8 year old crew.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
Follow along with Greg as he records his – rather hilarious – trials and tribulations suffered at school. The stories are funny, yet very relatable to school-aged kids. Told in both text and illustrations, this series has plenty of books in it to keep your kids reading for a long while. This series is a great choice for 8-12-year-olds.
Anything by Roald Dahl
It’s hard to go wrong with anything written by Roald Dahl. His books are odd, humorous and always entertaining. You can start with the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach. I personally love the story Matilda, and Fantastic Mr Fox is excellent, too. These are great stories for 8-12-year-olds in your life to read to themselves, or they make really fun read alouds.