Kids Summer Reading Suggestions: Humor

If you are participating in the 2017 Kids Summer Reading Program here are some reading suggestions to consider. We will have reading suggestions during the summer to help narrow down your selections. These lists are for children ages 5 and up.

Ages 5 – 8

  1. Whoopi’s Big Book of Manners BR017247
    • Covers saying please and thank you, cell-phone and table etiquette, behavior at the movies, and being a good sport, among other topics.
  2. Even Steven and Odd Todd BRX01937
    • The arrival of Cousin Odd Todd greatly upsets Even Steven who likes everything to come in even numbers, his pets, his library books, and even his pancakes.
  3. Dear Yeti BR021081
    • Through a series of letters addressed to the mythical creature, two boys describe their hiking adventure hoping to find Yeti, but they run into trouble on their adventure.
  4. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! DB078387
    • In a series of rhymes, a cold lady swallows snow, a pipe, coal, and many other items.
  5. Day at the Fair LT025179
    • While Marcella is at the fair, Raggedy Ann and the other dolls create a fair of their own in her room and almost get into trouble.
  6. The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins BR016192
    • Each time Bartholomew Cubbins attempts to obey the King’s order to take off his hat, he finds there is another one on his head.
  7. Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones BRX02181
    • When clever Aunt Ant moves to the zoo, she describes the quirky animal behavior she observes by speaking in homophones, from the moose who loved mousse to the fox who blew blue bubbles.
  8. Yucky Riddles BR015861
    • More than two dozen humorous riddles on some of kids’ favorite icky subjects.
  9. Like Jake and Me DB023104
    • A funny story about Jake and his new stepfather who have lots of trouble getting along until a fuzzy spider brings them together.
  10. A Hippopotamusn’t and Other Animal Versus DB032971
    • A delightful collection of more than thirty humorous poems about a wide variety of animals.

Ages 12 – 16

  1. Equal Rites: A Novel of Discworld DB052704
    • With only 6 minutes to live, Wizard Drum Billet wants to pass his powers to the 8th son of an 8th son. As soon as number 8 is born they receive the staff, but number 8 turns out to be a girl.
  2. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek DB081139
    • Teen author reflects on her unique social experiment: spend her eighth grade year following a 1950’s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Provides real-life results and an assessment of what it means to be popular.
  3. The Champion of Sourwood Mountain BR000292
    • Full of eastern Kentucky regional lore and folk humor, this novel tells of 13-year-old Aram Tate’s desire for his own groundhog and the unexpected way in which he acquires one.
  4. Consider the Lemming DB030509
    • A delightful collection of humorous verse about members of the animal kingdom–their attributes and idiosyncrasies.
  5. The Night the Ghost Got In BR006775
    • The narrator expresses remorse throwing his house into chaos by not going to bed after he is suspicious of footsteps he hears.
  6. As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth DB071332
    • After getting of the train for only a moment, Ry is left behind by the train in an unfamiliar area, and sees this as an opportunity for an adventure.
  7. This is My Funniest, Book 2: Leading Science Fiction Writers Present Their Funniest Stories Ever DB067177
    • Thirty short science fiction stories. Includes “Aliens Ate My Pickup” by Mercedes Lackey, “Invasion of the Jack Benny Snatchers” by John Gregory Betancourt, and “The Santa Claus Planet” by Frank M. Robinson.
  8. I love You, I Hate You, Get Lost DB045753
    • Tells seven humorous stories reflecting the ups and downs of life as a teenage girl dealing with romances, siblings and school.
  9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn BRX00512
    • Huck Finn runs away from home and sets off down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave.
  10. Haters DB084063
    • When best friends Wes and Corey meet guitar player Ash, an older girl, the trio decide to ditch their jazz camp experience and embark on a raunchy road-trip adventure in search of becoming a true band.

These lists are available for download on the NCLBPH website in a PDF format here.

The words Kids Summer Reading appears in green yellow and red letters respectively. There is a personified book presenting the title on the beach with a beach ball behind him.

Summer Reading has begun!!!

It’s that time of year again. If you are a patron of NCLBPH and you haven’t registered for the 2017 Kids Summer Reading Program, you may register in the link provided below. Be sure to register before the closing date! Time to Build a Better World!!!


About nclbph

The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state. The NCLBPH is a state agency operated by the State Library of North Carolina as a part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It is also a part of the network of regional libraries operated by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
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