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A kid's belly laugh makes everyone want to laugh. Join in the fun and you'll chuckle, giggle, and groan with this list of recommended books for kids ages 0-9 that are full of jokes, riddles, and supreme silliness. LOL (laugh out loud) and ROTFL (roll on the floor laughing) with Jez Alborough, Shel Silverstein, and other authors who know just what it takes to tickle a kid's funny bone.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Amelia Bedelia

By: Peggy Parish
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Amelia Bedelia takes her orders quite literally. She wonders why she’s asked to dust the furniture when it really should be "undusted," or why it’s important to find the proper clothes to "dress the chicken." Readers will chuckle as they figure out the correct way for the bumbling maid to carry out her work.

Back to School Belly Busters and Other Side-Splitting School Jokes

By: Katy Hall, Stephen Carpenter
Illustrated by: Stephen Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Knock-knock. Who’s there? Lift the flap and find out in this silly, pun-filled look at school and everything from lockers to spelling bees. Comic illustrations incorporate both flaps and cut-outs to create a satisfying format.

Duck's Key: Where Can It Be?

By: Jez Alborough
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Duck has lost the keys to his big red truck. While he looks for them, readers lift the flap to see that Frog is hiding them, leading Duck to the car where the keys are hidden in plain sight! Frog’s joke is sure to please the youngest reader as they predict where the keys will turn up next.

Giggle Fit: Silly Knock-Knocks

By: Steve Harpster, Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrated by: Joseph Rosenbloom
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Knock-knock jokes – many of them real groaners, all of them sure to generate chortles – are arranged in alphabetical order. Knock-knock. Who’s there? Amen. Amen who? Amen in hot water again! Or try Boo. Boo who? Well, you don’t have to cry about it! An index is included to help you find the perfect joke for any occasion.

Mud Flat April Fool

By: James Stevenson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Something peculiar is going on in the village of Mud Flat today. Mr. Duffy has disappeared in a puff of green smoke, and Brian woke up with his head on backward. Doris is greeted by a singing tree, and poor Lila sniffs a rose that promptly squirts her in the eye. What is this strange brand of spring fever?

Old Turtle's 90 Knock-Knocks, Jokes & Riddles

By: Leonard Kessler
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Old Turtle’s friends discover that the doorbell doesn’t work when they come to visit him, and so they begin with knock-knocks: who’s there? Annie. Annie who? Annie body home? The wraparound story is used as a platform for a bunch of jokes, sure to please.

Ribbit Riddles

By: Katy Hall, Robert Bender
Illustrated by: Robert Bender
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Where do frogs sit? On toadstools. What happened when the frog left his car in a no parking zone? It was toaded, of course! Jewel-toned, semi-abstract paintings illustrated this pun-filled book all about amphibious friends.

The Stupids Have a Ball

By: Harry Allard, James Marshall
Illustrated by: James Marshall
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What does the Stupid family do when the kids come home with poor grades on their report cards? Why they celebrate with a costume party and invite their relatives, of course! Anyone who has ever had a bad day will appreciate the silly humor and dumb jokes in this comic picture book.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? And Other Riddles Old & New

By: Joanna Cole, Alan Tiegreen
Illustrated by: Alan Tiegreen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From groaners to puzzlers, this well organized collection of jokes, riddles, puns, and more will intrigue, cause chuckles or a guffaw, and make the reader think as it entertains and engages during multiple perusals.

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