There is nothing better than sharing laughter with loved ones especially when reading a book together. Whether humor be silly, goofy, ridiculous, or fun, "picking up on the joke" is a skill that children learn through experience. Humorous books give them great opportunities to do that. Plus, they often hold a lot of depth with other layers like social emotional learning and STEM. You'll find that in today's selection. I hope that you enjoy the giggles that can be found in the books below.
The Recess Genius. Open for Business written by Janet Sumner Johnson, illustrated by Stacy Ebert (Pixel Ink 2023).
Regina Grey is a book worm and prefers it that way . . . until her problem–solving skills land her the name of “The Recess Genius.” Suddenly, she’s inundated with more work than she can handle and wonders if she’ll ever find time to read books again. When her plans for sabotaging her own reputation backfire, Regina must figure out a way to solve the biggest problem of all – one for herself.
Kids will delight in the ridiculous “fixes” that Regina comes up with for her classmates--which no matter how bad they seem--somehow find a way of working. Perhaps readers will be inspired to be better problem-solvers than Regina – and find ways to be the Recess Genius at their own schools – after all, it always feels good to be helpful and needed. This heart-warming story is sure to bring smiles to young readers.
You can discover more Janet Sumner Johnson books at her website.
How to Get Your Octopus to School written by Becky Scharnhorst, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett (Flamingo Books 2023)
Sometimes the first day of school can seem a bit scary, even for an octopus! And since octopuses are especially good at hiding, . . . and hugging, . . . and trying on tons of different outfits, . . . getting an octopus to school can be difficult. Kids will recognize octopus’s tactics to avoid a scary first day. But one thing is for sure, they’ll recognize the excitement that's felt in finally getting there. This humorous story lands home with a lot of heart, and fascinating facts about octopuses in the back matter make this an all-around great read.
Visit Becky Scharnhort's website to learn about her other books.
The Twist-A-Roo written by Kathleen Doherty, illustrated by Kristyna Litten (Peachtree 2023).
Fans of The Thingity-Jig are in for another fun treat with this book. Silly word play, quirky humor, and STEAM ingenuity abound, along with some giggles and heart-warming community togetherness. Hop on board and get your pre-order in! This book hits the shelves in 2 weeks – just in time for the HA-la-days.
Learn more about Kathleen Doherty’s other books at her website.
1) a copy of The Recess Genius. Open for Business (US address) from Janet Sumner Johnson
2) a copy of How to Get Your Octopus to School (US address) from Becky Scharnhorst
3) Winner's choice: a signed copy of The Twist-A-Roo (US address) or PB critique from Kathleen Doherty
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Winners are selected November 2nd, so there is plenty of time to participate.