Kumon Booklist- Humorous Books - Kumon

Kumon Booklist- Humorous Books

Finding enjoyable books is key to fostering a love of reading and making it a life-long habit. Above all, children and adolescents prefer to read books that make them laugh*. These five books from the Kumon Recommended Reading List are sure to entertain!


  1. Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi and Ronald Barrett

Readers between prekindergarten and 2nd grade

Written by the same author as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing is a great book to read aloud and sure to make young children giggle. The humor of the story is amplified through the clever and explanatory illustrations.

  1. Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

Readers between 1st and 3rd grades

A winner of many literary awards and part of a series, Martha Speaks provides whimsical insight to both children and adults who may often wonder what their pets are thinking. Martha is the family dog that sure has a lot to say after eating alphabet soup, and it sure is funny.

  1. Flat Stanley: He Leads a Very Full Life! by Jeff Brown

Readers between 1st and 3rd grades

A favorite among teachers, this title is the first in a series of many humorous children’s stories. After being flatted to one-inch thick, Stanley is able to go on fantastical adventures and even become a hero. This fun book is certain to make children laugh at the silliness.

  1. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Readers between 4th and 6th grades

Spunky Pippi fascinates children with her unconventional, zany style and independent attitude. Through the entertainment of her daily escapades, Pippi Longstocking empowers children to feel confident and embrace being unique.

  1. The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde

Readers in high school

Oscar Wilde was already one of the best-known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde’s theatrical genius at its best. A favorite text on AP exams, this book is recommended to teachers through the Common Core State Standards.


*Scholastic conducted a large research study last year that surveyed the attitudes of children and parents towards reading. The results were published on as the fifth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report™. Read the full [Scholastic Reading Report](http://www.scholastic.com/readingreport/)