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8 Fun Books for Kids to Read

Melissa Bastow

8 fun books for kids to read

With the school year half way over my kids are looking for fun books to read.  Their brains are getting tired, and they need a major pick me up!  So hopefully some fun books will not only keep them on track with reading every day, but also give their thinking muscles a break while exercising their funny bones.  (The metaphors in that last sentence are horrific, I'm sorry.)

These are some of the books we plan on reading ASAP.  All of these are affiliate links, so if you're a fan of owning books you can snag them easily.  But hopefully they'll also be available in your local library (libraries are awesome).


The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry is recommended for grades 5-7.  It seems like it involves not only humor, but action, so it's a good one if you have boys like mine that would rather play a video game than read.  I might sell this as a "video game for your brain".  Hopefully it will get them laughing as well.  And if all else fails, the description says it takes place in the capital with the nation's monuments as backdrops, so maybe they might even LEARN something.  But let's not get crazy and expect it or anything.
The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey is recommended for grades 2-4.  The preview makes it look like it's filled with pictures, which is exactly what my most reluctant reader needs.  If she can stay motivation by the fun illustrations, then we have a winner of a book!  Plus, it looks pretty chuckle-worthy, and I've always had a thing for rooting for the bad guy.  The best part is, it's the first of a series!  So if it's a hit in your house, you already have the next 5 books to read already picked out!
The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett is recommended for grades 4-6.  The illustrations in this book crack me up - and it looks like it has a pretty good word-to-picture ratio for some decent, yet quick, reading.  And it's about a couple of pranksters living in a town obsessed with cows, so how could it not be hilarious? 
Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik is recommended for grades 1-3.  It's full of adorable illustrations and a princess who doesn't want to be regal and proper (my kind of girl).  Mostly I'm super curious how the grilled cheese fits into everything, and it should be pretty funny finding out.  And this is also the first of a series, so hopefully there are lots of books to enjoy from the princess!
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat is recommended for grades 3-6.  Once again, it's full of illustrations (upon further reflection I've discovered that the books I think are fun have a lot to do with pictures...which I guess isn't weird coming from an artist?)  This book looks like hilarious fun, especially for girls getting ready to go to middle school - and even better for girls who are middle children who are going to middle school.
The Bad Seed written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald is a picture book recommended for ages 4-8.  I can't wait to read it - I really want to find out how bad of a seed this guy really is.  And my little mischievous 3 year old will probably enjoy is even more than me (as long as it doesn't give him any more bad ideas than he already has).
Escargot written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson is a picture book recommended for ages 4-6.  I'm not sure if it's so much as laugh-out-loud-hilarious as it is just STINKING ADORABLE.  I mean, look at that snail!  How can you not want to read it?!  The story seems fun, and it's going to be a winner no matter what that cute snail is on every page.
Not Quite a Narwhal written and illustrated by Jessie Sima is recommended for ages 4-8.  It's on this list because I HAD to have one with a unicorn.  It's a must.  And a confused unicorn named Kelp that thinks it's a narwhal?  How could one resist, I ask you?!  I think this is going to be a favorite book for big sister to read the 3 year old, and he's just going to have to sit still and listen even if he's not quite a unicorn fan!


So that's what we'll be reading!  What about you and your kids?  Do you have any fun books to help us get through the middle of this school year?  And what do you think of the books I've listed?  Have you read them?  Are they good?  I'm just bursting with questions!


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