Hello book lovers! I'm super excited to share another 7 Days of Celebrating Children's Books with you!
Every day will feature new books for you to gather to your shelves and giveaway opportunities for you to take a chance at winning. Plus, I hope you'll share your own favorite books throughout the week with other readers by noting them in the comments below.
We're beginning the week with books featuring humor, so I'm sharing this quote from writer, editor, and professor Eva Hoffman.
"There is nothing like a gleam of humor to assure you that a fellow human being is being tickled inside a strange face."
Let's focus on one of those words for a moment. Fellow.
Yes, we are all fellows on this planet, and I hope we are all working toward a harmony that is someday felt world-wide in sharing it. And yet, how fittingly beautiful it is to also know that strangers on this same planet, or in the same community, or in the same new classroom can unite together in laughter over the same idea. Or more often, as in families when they gather over dinner, during playtime, or before bedtime with humorous books.
The books shared in the list below highlight some that I've found and enjoyed over the last six months. Many are newly published, others newly discovered, and a few revisited like old friends.
Writing and illustrating books for children involves a lot of solo time invested on the part of creators, as well as worries and anticipation of how those books will be received. The writing community I'm a part of is amazing and incredibly supportive. My hopes for this week are that we find both readers and creators coming together to celebrate the joy and empowerment that reading books with young children can bring. I also hope that you all will take time to ask your local library or independent book sellers to order in titles that appeal to you.
In addition, perhaps you'll find Lady Luck on your side, so to speak, for one of the many giveaways that you can enter. Today's post has a Rafflecopter for 3 prizes. Tomorrow's post will feature another rafflecopter with new giveaways. Winners for all giveaways will be selected on July 5.
Thank you for being here, and Happy Reading!
Humorous Books for Children
Full of heart, humor and told in simple rhymes, this adorable story will soon have young children reading it independently after being shared during story times. I can think of no better way to introduce kids to the joy of reading than with a book that they can soon tackle on their own while building confidence. What I love about this book is the unique way that Donut figures out how to solve his gravity-problem with a little help from his friends. And notably, the STEM components shown in the illustrations immediately won over my science-loving heart.
Get Ready, Mama! written by Sharon Giltrow, illustrated by Arielle Li (EK Books 2022)
Get ready for giggles, because this how-to book is packed with humor that is sure to please the young and old crowds alike. With reading the first illustrated spread, I was smiling. With the second, I laughed out loud because who hasn't hugged their clothes and fallen back on the bed in tired desperation for a few more winks? I can't give away the surprise ending, but this book will not only be a crowd pleaser at home, but also for elementary classrooms--whether that be the first day of school, last day of school, or any day in between.
If you've ever had a dog who likes the outdoors, even just a little bit, then you know what happens if a bee happens to get too close.... Which is what makes the humor start on the cover of this book in its title! (Unless of course, your dog is overly allergic to bees.) Word of warning. We all know how incredibly smart dogs are, so don't read this book aloud to them during story time. Truly! No dogs allowed, because this dog's ideas of Do's and Don't, well, . . . he's got the bees part right. This story is packed with silliness and humor that all dog-lovers will dig into.
Cate Berry, master wordsmith and humorist, hits it out of the park in this story about chickens making plans and then following through on breaking out of the coop. However, what I love most is the double meaning of the title, which comes full circle at the end in a way to wrap up the story for any nap time or bedtime. Young readers will love counting (and finding) all of the funky chickens on each page, while learning to read simple words on sight recognition after hearing them aloud for the first few times. Paired with Alder's illustrations, this book is a real winner.
My School Stinks! written by Becky Scharnhorst illustrated by Julia Patton (Flamingo Books 2021)
Cold Turkey written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Kirsti Call, illustrated by Chad Otis (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2021)
It's a cold day when Turkey sets out for a walk in the snow, but as he meets chilly friends along they way, this kind turkey is more than willing to give his body-warming bundles away. When he finds nothing left to hold the heat in, how will Turkey's kindness come full circle? What I love about this story is that at the core of its outrageously fun heart, it's all about helping others and giving back. Truly wonderful!
Hardly Haunted written and illustrated by Jessie Sima (Simon & Schuster 2021)
Chez Bob written and illustrated by Bob Shea (Little, Brown and Company 2021)
Bob, a lazy crocodile devises a way to attract birds to his mouth in order to eat them without having to move a muscle himself in going after them. How? you might wonder? With a birdseed restaurant, of course, and the fun and twisty surprises continue from there. This humorous book will tickle funny bones in young and old readers alike.
Counting to Bananas. A Mostly Rhyming Fruit Book written by Carrie Tillotson, illustrated by Estrela Lourenco (Flamingo Books 2022)
There is so much fun to love about this atypical counting book. Kids will be in on the joke as soon as the 4 pigs are introduced to the fruit line-up (because no fruit rhymes with fig). Meanwhile, an impatient banana is assured that his turn will come, but at what cost?
Funny all the way to the last page, I suggest following up this treat of a book with a banana split sundae.
Pineapple Princess written and illustrated by Sabina Hahn (Roaring Brook Press 2022)
This book is a delight in the contrast between the humor that is shared in the text and compared to what is shown in the illustrations. Will this misunderstood princess find a kingdom and subjects whom she can smoothly reign? Or will she land her sights on other goals? Kids will have fun connecting with the silliness and antics of this endearing Pineapple Princess.
And yes, that is a pineapple on her head.
Can Arnold lift a fire truck like other super strong heroes? No. Can he fly at lightning speed? No. Can he leap off buildings and land without a scratch? No. But he's good at answering the phone and taking down messages in clear penmanship.
So what is this Super-ish hero all about? I hate to say it, but you'll have to read the book to find out. And you won't be disappointed.
Full of humor and heart, this comic-style picture book will please all ages.
Today's giveaways feature a chance to win a:
1) A signed copy of DONUT. THE UNICORN WHO WANTS TO FLY from author Laura Gehl
2) A copy of GET READY, MAMA! or A critique of a PB manuscript from author Sharon Giltrow
3) A copy of CHICKEN BREAK. A COUNTING BOOK from author Cate Berry
Follow the Rafflecopter below to enter. All 3 giveaways are at this link. Be sure to follow through on the requirements for entry. Winners will be announced on July 6.
More tomorrow! Happy reading and book requesting at your local libraries!a Rafflecopter giveaway
I absolutely adore "Arnold, the Super-ish Hero" by Heather Tekavec and Guillaume Perreault! Arnold's strength is his kindness, but his 'day job' really reminds me of Clark Kent's! Love it!ReplyDelete
Yes, I agree with the nods toward Clark Kent. So funny!Delete
My nieces and I all loved My School Stinks! I just found out This Field Trip Stinks is coming out in August. We are so excited!ReplyDelete
I am definitely looking forward to This Field Trip Stinks, too!Delete
Love the book recommendations. I always enjoy discovering new books. One of my favorites isReplyDelete
Bob, Not Bob - Liz Garton Scanlon
Bob, Not Blob by Anne Appert is a definite fave! Keep an eye out for it on an upcoming day this week with a giveaway too!Delete
Oh my gosh SO many great books that I now want to add to my classroom library! Thanks for this list!ReplyDelete
You are so welcome, Jenna!Delete
Thanks for the great book recommendations. I love to discover new books for me and my daughter. Current favoriteReplyDelete
Bob,Not Bob by Liz Garton Scanlon.
Bob, Not Blob by Anne Appert is a definite fave! Keep an eye out for it on an upcoming day this week with a giveaway too!Delete
I love some of these already and eager to check out the rest! Thanks for the recs!ReplyDelete
You're welcome! Thank you for checking out Day 1!Delete
Some of these are favorites already. Eager to check out the others! Thanks for the recs!ReplyDelete
Great recommendations! I recently read mustache baby and thought the wordplay along with the illustrations was fun. I know it is not a brand new book. But it was new to me.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ryann. This is a book I want to check out!Delete
Thanks for this fun post highlighting humorous books! Congratulations on your debut picture book!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
What an amazing list! I am so excited to read these books with my boys 🙂. Thank you!ReplyDelete
You're welcome! I'm glad you found some titles to share here.Delete
Great list! I especially love CHICKEN BREAK.ReplyDelete
Me, too! It's one of my favorites!Delete
These all look fun! I’m especially looking forward to Counting to Bananas!! -moniReplyDelete
Counting to Bananas is hilarious!Delete
What an awesome giveaway! I loved reading many of these and now have a couple to add to my TBR!ReplyDelete
Wonderful. I'm so glad you found some new ones.Delete
I'm a new PK-8 librarian. My previous experience was exclusively middle school. So, I appreciate lists like this that help me become familiar with picture books. Thank you for the opportunity to win!ReplyDelete
You're welcome. I'm so glad you found this post helpful! And good luck with the giveaway!Delete
I've added all these books to my hold list at the libraryReplyDelete
Hooray! How wonderful. Thank you!Delete
What a great list of fun picture books! I see some favorites here! And some that are new to me that I must check out!ReplyDelete
Awesome, Jilanne! I'm glad there were some new ones here for you!Delete
Great list of funny books!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Monica!Delete
Thank you for including GET READY, MAMA! amongst this fabulous funny books :-)ReplyDelete
Get Ready, Mama is absolutely delightful. I love it.Delete
Thanks for the great book recommendations.ReplyDelete
What a lovely variety of fun humour books from today's great writers!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you like the list here! Thank you!Delete
What a fantastic selection of fun and funny books! There’s a few I hadn’t even heard of that I will be adding to our summer reading list. Thank you!ReplyDelete
You're welcome! And thank you!Delete
Love this book recommendations.ReplyDelete
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You started with my favorite category! I love, love, love, funny picture books. Bathe the Cat (Alice B. McGinty / David Roberts) is one I recently fell for.ReplyDelete
I will need to check that book out. Thanks for the recommendation!Delete
I loved Counting to Bananas! Excited to learn of another counting story, Chicken Break.ReplyDelete
wonderful! Chicken Break is so smart and funnyDelete
There are so many great books on this list, and several that I just put on hold at my library because they are new to me. We are always hungry for humor in our house these days.ReplyDelete
These all look so fun!! Can't wait to read all of these. Adding to my list!ReplyDelete
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What a fun list! Just requested some from the library :)ReplyDelete
This is a great list! Chez Bob is a favorite at my school. It is loved by all grade levels from kindergarten through grade five. When that happens, you know a book is good!ReplyDelete
That's definitely a good sign!Delete
I own a couple of these books and read some others. Looking forward to checking out the rest. Thank you for the opportunity!ReplyDelete
Favorite humorous kids book is Mustache Baby.ReplyDelete
I have read and loves most of these but still see a few new ones! My 5 year old is so funny and really loves humorous PBs. She will end and say AGAIN! We love Mo Willems, Chris Haughton’s books Little Owl Lost and Shh we have a Plan . She also thinks Mother Bruce is hilarious and loved Counting To Bananas.ReplyDelete