Humorous Kids Literature

Grades K-5

"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" By: Mo Willems

The reader is left with strict instructions to not let the pigeon drive the bus, but will the cheeky pigeon be able to talk you into it? The pigeon tries all sorts of tricks to convince the reader that it's okay if he drives the bus and this results in a humorous tale that will be sure to entertain any reader ages PreK-First grade. I would recommend playing an online read aloud that will get the students verbally involved in saying "No!" each time the pigeon asks if he can drive the bus. The online story portrays the pigeons attitude well and gives him a bigger personality than just reading the hard copy book.

"The End" By: Jim Benton

This story is about a bear named Donut who drags out the story even though the author tries to end the story with a "The End" after the first page. The bear 'talks' to the author and ends up dragging the story out despite the authors wishes, even after the author insists on Donut leaving and going home. The author and Donut talk back and forth throughout the book. Donut ends up sneaking back into the story and tries to hide so that the author can't see him and wearing a mustache as a disguise. This continues until the end of the book when the author offers to re-read the story. Kids in Pre-K or Kindergarten will be sure to find this story utterly amusing in regards to the bear "talking back" to the author.
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Have the students predict what they think will happen to Donut in the story. Will he come back in a different disguise? Will something unexpected happen? How will the story end? They can draw pictures and write about their drawing. You can give them vocabulary to incorporate into their predictions, like the spelling words for that week.

"No, David!" By: David Shannon

David is a naughty little boy who breaks all the rules and does everything that little boys AREN'T supposed to do! Because of this, all David hears is "No, David!" right before or after he does something, such as chew with his mouth open, touch things he isn't supposed to touch, and jump on the furniture. He even runs naked down the street to avoid a bath.

You could have your class make a T-chart of things that they are supposed to do in the classroom and things they aren't supposed to do in the classroom. This would be a great segway at the beginning of the year as to what proper classroom behavior looks like and what you expect out of your class. I think despite David's bad behavior in this book, it is very age appropriate for younger grades and would be found humorous.

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"Starring Jules (As Herself) " By: Beth Ain

Perfect upper grades, the "Starring Jules" series are fun and colorful books that are packed with life lessons, contain an exciting series of events, and hold fabulous words that will enrich any vocabulary.
Jules makes lists for everything, so one thing you can do with your students at the beginning of the year or whenever you introduce this book, is to have them make a list of things they want to accomplish for the week, the month, or by the end of the school year. They could also make a list of things that they want to know or questions that they have.

"You're Only Old Once" By Dr Seuss

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This story is sure to amuse young readers as they explore a land where everyone is old yet extremely healthy. The story follows an old man who goes to the doctor and endures a series of health tests starting with an eye exam, going to a series of questions about his family health history, then a test for allergies. The different doctors use unconventional methods to test this mans health such as a glass bowl on his head and two glasses of water in his palms while he's on the treadmill to test allergies, and a bed of nails to test his stress levels. He goes in for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair, but he instead gets wheelchaired into a room for other tests! After meeting with doctor after doctor (McGuire, McPherson, Blinn, Ballew, Timpkins, Tompkins, Diller and Drew, Fitzsimmons, Fitzgerald, and Fitzpatrick just to name a few), the man eventually goes to the Pill Drill which tells him all the pills he has to take and the list is ridiculously long. The man signs dozens of papers so he can be billed, finds his clothes, and is on his way. This story is exaggerated to the extreme and kids are for sure going to have a good laugh trying to get through all the tongue twisters.

I would recommend the teacher reading this story first because some of the words are hard to pronounce and get through because so much of it is made up. You could have your students make their own tongue twisters then have them read each others to the class. Another lesson idea is to have them create another "test" that the man would have to go through. They can come up with their own names for a disease they're testing for or make up names for the process by which one would be tested.