The best funny books for kids

Keep your spirits up and get the whole family giggling with our pick of the best funny books for kids of all ages.

To help you keep the kids occupied and have fun while you're spending more time indoors than usual, we've put together our pick of the best funny books for children. From funny rhyming stories for younger children to tales of daring (and hilarious) escapades for older children, read on for our edit of the best funny kids books. They're guaranteed to make the whole family laugh!

Funny books for babies and toddlers

Introduce your little one to the magic of stories with these funny picture books.


by Emily Gravett

Book cover for Again!

Cedric the dragon is ready for bed, but before he can go to sleep, he needs his mum to reread his favourite story! Sound familiar? Babies and toddlers will love Emily Gravett's bright, bold illustrations of mischievous Cedric – a little dragon who'll do anything to delay bedtime. At the same time, parents will chuckle at the story's all-too-familiar toddler tale.

Animal Pants

by Brian Moses

Book cover for Animal Pants

This funny rhyming picture book for kids is jam-packed with pants! Join an array of animals as they share the difficulties of finding the perfect pair. From the penguin whose pants keep freezing to the octopus who can't find pants to fit his eight arms, you'll be laughing as much as your little one as you read Brian Moses's hilarious rhyming verses together.

All Mine!

by Zehra Hicks

Book cover for All Mine!

Follow the story of Seagull, who is cured of his thieving ways by a cunning little mouse, in this bold and energetic new picture book from award-winning children's author and illustrator Zehra Hicks. A tale about the importance of sharing, All Mine! is a fantastically funny book to read together as a family.

Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

Julia Donaldson's picture books are always fantastically funny and Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose is no exception. Join Duck, Moth and Sheep at their dinner party with a difference – one where good manners are not on the menu. Children of all ages will love reading along with Julia's trademark rhyming verse about the animals’ silly dinnertime antics!

Funny books for kids aged 3-5

These funny picture books for young readers are sure to become firm favourites!


by Sue Hendra

Book cover for Egg

Sure as eggs is eggs, the interactive new picture book from bestselling duo Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet will get you and your child chuckling as you read it together. Perfect for Easter or any time of year, this imaginative story of an egg who looks different from all the others reminds us all that we're all the same on the inside.

The Grizzly Itch

Book cover for The Grizzly Itch

Victoria Casanell's delightful story of a bear who can't scratch his post-hibernation itch will teach children about the importance of friendship and helping others. Readers of all ages will enjoy spotting the animals in each painted scene as they follow Bear's mission to scratch his Grizzly Itch once and for all.

Where Is Your Sister?

Book cover for Where Is Your Sister?

Siblings everywhere will love joining the search for Harriet and her spotty dress in Where Is Your Sister? Packed with eye-catching illustrations (with lots of details for children to spot), an eclectic cast of characters plus lots of twin mischief, this is a brilliantly funny new children's book to add to your bookshelf this year.

Funny books for children aged 6-8

These funny books are suitable for young readers beginning to read more independently or to read and enjoy together.

The 13-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths

Book cover for The 13-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's bestselling Treehouse books have captivated the most reluctant young readers with their trademark cartoon illustrations and hilarious stories. Kids will roar with laughter as they explore the wacky world and amazing inventions on each floor of The 13-Storey Treehouse.

Max and the Midknights

by Lincoln Peirce

Book cover for Max and the Midknights

An illustrated adventure story for middle-grade readers, Max and the Midknights follows Max's quest to become a knight and save his uncle Budrick from the clutches of cruel King Gastley. Full of magic and adventure, plus a cast of hilarious characters, young readers will be giggling away as they turn the pages of Lincoln Peirce’s brilliantly funny new children's book.

Just Kidding

by Andy Griffiths

Book cover for Just Kidding

This collection of funny short stories about the world's biggest practical joker from the creators of the Treehouse series is full of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's trademark humour and comic-style illustrations.

Captain Cat and the Treasure Map

by Sue Mongredien

Book cover for Captain Cat and the Treasure Map

Sue Mongredien and Kate Pankhurst's illustrated story of Patch the pirate ship's cat is ideal for newly confident readers to enjoy on their own. Join Patch, Cutlass the parrot and Monty the monkey as they help the hapless ship's company out of trouble and to where X marks the spot in this laugh-out-loud adventure story.

Funny books for kids aged 9-12

Our picks for the best funny books for independent readers.

Runaway Robot

Book cover for Runaway Robot

Runaway Robot is a funny book for older children from award-winning children's author, Frank Cottrell-Boyce. The story of Alfie and his mission to save his not-quite-so-new robot friend Eric from the scrapheap is as hilarious as it is heartwarming, and will have kids wishing that they had a giant robot for a best friend!