Sometimes we just need to take it easy and enjoy a good laugh. These TeachingBooks resources offer silliness, joy, and every good feeling in between. Share these with your students as you anticipate (or return from) spring break, or just enjoy them on your own!
- Bop along with author Kwame Alexander and musician Randy Preston with this joy-inducing and catchy tune promoting The Playbook. (4-8)
- Revisit the childhood game of Telephone with these birds from Mac Barnett’s picture book. (PK-2)
- Enjoy the enthusiasm and reader response to this complete video reading for The Paper Bag Princess. (PK-2)
- In this audiobook excerpt, listen to Mac, the narrator of The Fourth Stall, share an office setup that has a lot in common with The Godfather’s…except for the toilet, that is. (4-8)
Meet-the-Author Recordings (and a Ted Talk)
- Discover how Dav Pilkey annoyed his teachers in this Meet-the-Author Recording for The Adventures of Captain Underpants. (1-5)
- Hear the tale of a duck who was just plain ugly in this Meet-the-Illustrator Recording with Lane Smith for The Stinky Cheese Man. (And check out the Google Book Preview for more excerpts of fractured fairy tales.) (PK-8)
- What are the top three things a children’s author should never do? Find out in this Meet-the-Author Recording with Christian McKay Heidicker for Scary Stories for Young Foxes. (4-8)
- Listen to author Mac Barnett explain how he lies to children in this Ted Talk. (Watch for Barnett’s very sophisticated Venn diagram toward the beginning and a child’s conversations with a whale toward the end!)
Author Name Pronunciations
- Get a sense of an author’s sense of humor with these particularly amusing name pronunciations: Mo Willems, Kwame Alexander, and Lemony Snicket. (See more at the Name Game, or explore the full list of Author & Illustrator Pronunciations.)
- Explore our full Humor Collection and narrow your selections using the filters.
- Find more resources in these curated lists of funny books: For Laughing Out Loud, Laugh Out Loud with these 16 Funny YA Books, That’s So Gross, and That’s So Gross – Take II.
What’s working for you?
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