By Amy Adams Ι June 21, 2016
Pre-bed storytime is a solid tradition in my household. My parents read to me before bed, and now it is my great joy to read to my own children. So instead of talking about books I love, I thought I would mention some books my 6-year-old son, Liam, loves. Specifically, these are books that make him laugh.
“The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak. Parents beware! This pictureless book will require you to make some silly noises. The premise is simple — the adult reader has to say whatever is written in the book. There are some pretty ridiculous and, according to Liam, hilarious sentences. Nothing gets him laughing like hearing me sing “Glug, glug, glug. My face is a bug!”
“The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. Duncan’s crayons are fed up! Each writes a letter explaining why they are walking out. From a parent’s perspective, I love the whimsical premise, and the illustrations by Oliver Jeffers really evoke childhood. The page that causes Liam to bubble over with laughter is when the wrapper-less peach crayon complains about being naked. Tehehe.
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems. Willems is one of those writers that just seems to understand the silly (sometimes, illogical) nature of children’s humor. Liam loves the interactive nature of this book. The Pigeon repeatedly tries to get the listener to let him drive the bus. Each time, Liam laughs and yells, “NO!”
Books and Liam’s laughter — I can’t think of a better combination.
What books give the little reader in your life the giggles?