The Funniest Books for Beginning Readers

Growing readers will love these laugh-out-loud stories as they giggle and turn the pages.

Jun 01, 2023



The Funniest Books for Beginning Readers

Jun 01, 2023

Early readers in 1st and 2nd grade are just starting to explore books independently. These funny books for beginning readers will help your child build key literacy skills — and foster their love of reading — at this pivotal stage.

The 7th Edition of the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report found that humor is a top trait kids look for in books. Plus, funny books increase well-being by promoting a feeling of togetherness through laughter and build social-emotional skills by giving kids the courage to embrace their uniqueness. 

Your child will have the chance to meet relatable characters, like the buzzy Fly Guy and zany Captain Underpants, who are known worldwide for sparking laughter in voracious and striving readers alike. 

Series are also a wonderful way to get your child excited about following their favorite characters' journeys, especially if they spark laughter. For instance, the hilarious Bad Food series sees mischievous Slice, Scoop, and Totz through their misadventures, which include saving the day from the evil that threatens the halls of Belching Walrus! This imaginative series by Eric Luper is sure to be a hit and keep your child laughing for hours. 

Meanwhile, Narwhal and Jelly and Press Start! will appeal to your child through adorable characters and intriguing plots that engage their imaginations and provide plentiful belly laughs along the way.

Encourage a love of reading with help from our guide, which includes book recommendations by interest, tips for getting your child to read for fun, and much more.

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Funny & Scary
Age 7
Age 6
Humor and Positive Thinking