Laugh Out Loud Canadian Picture Books

August 8, 2017 | Yvonne

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“What is the smartest province in Canada?” asked Summer Reading Club online member peekaboo1 in the Jokes section of the website. Answer: “Newfoundland and Labrador! It has 4 As and a B!”

Canadian humour is a bit like this joke – earnest with a dash of flat-out silliness. These elements also make a great picture book even more special, because books that bring laughter are an effective way to interest kids in reading. Tickle the funny bones of reluctant readers and they’ll want to keep flipping pages and laughing!

Check out some of these humourous Canadian picture books.

  1. Making the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas Oldland

Making the moose

This is a story of a silly moose that didn’t act wild at all. He can’t shake the feeling something was missing. What could it be? Follow him on his adventure to make the “moose” out of life.

  1. The Vole Brothers by Roslyn Schwartz

Vole

What happens when the Vole Brothers get hungry? So hungry they could eat a cat? They embark on an amusing quest to find food!

  1. Animal Masqurade by Marianne Dubuc

Masqurade

This beautifully illustrated book features many silly and clever animals who disguise themselves in mischievous costumes for an animal masquerade.

  1. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Hat

The story is simple but hilarious. There are two turtles. But only one hat. They both love the hat. What are they going to do?

  1. The Duck Says by Troy Wilson

Duck says

This is a fun rhyming book filled with funny scenarios involving a duck who doesn’t just say quack.  

  1. King Baby by Kate Beaton

King baby

This hilarious book speaks cleverly of babyhood. Baby is the King, and his royal subjects aka his parents, must hail to his majesty or else…

  1. Bob’s Hungry Ghost by Geneviere Cote

Hungry ghost

What happens when Bob gets a ghost for your birthday instead of a dog? He calls it Fluffy and tries to get him to fetch. This sweet silly story will make everyone want a ghost of their own.

Finally, a list of funny books isn’t complete without Canadian national treasure Robert Munsch!

  1. Moira’s Birthday by Robert Munsch

Moira's

What happens when Moira is only allowed to invite six kids to her birthday and no kindergarten? She invites grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6 and kindergarten!

What are your favourite funny picture books?

The laughter doesn’t have to stop at books, you can head on over to the TD Summer Reading Club website where you can write a silly story or read another great joke!

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