Whenever I am reading a book, I always bookmark parts that I really love so that I can reread them over again. I mark quotes that are funny or especially meaningful. Sometimes I mark quotes and then when I go back to them I have no idea why I marked them! I think this is like when reading a book has different meanings to you at different times in your life: A quote may have great meaning at the time but not as much later when your mind state has changed.
This post is just a quick list of the funniest books I have read.
- Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar
- The Twits by Roald Dahl
- Anything by Terry Pratchett. Many of his are adult books but my personal favourite is Wee Free Men.
- The Georgia Nicolson Series by Louise Rennison: The first book is “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging”
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- Both of Jenny Lawson’s books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
When I found out that I am going to be an aunt, my first thoughts were about reading to the baby. What books will I read? What are the best picture books? Which books were my favourites as a child? What new picture books are really good?
I have taken entire courses in University about the importance of reading good quality literature to children. The research always says to start reading from the time they are born (or sooner!). When I go to a bookstore and see the hundreds of picture books available, I get so excited! There are so many amazing books to choose from. But I also warn that there are many poor quality books that children and parents won’t enjoy such as books that only list colours or animals. I don’t believe in books that are made to “teach” children. Research shows that books with a narrative element are best. If a book is engaging, children will learn. Look for books that have a story, interesting and complex pictures and is a book that you yourself enjoy talking to your child about. But when in doubt, READ!
Here I have compiled a list of my favourite picture books. I believe in reading to all children no matter how young or old. These books are best read from newborn to preschool age but I would read them to any child (or adult!).