Kids + Teens

7 Picture Books That Make Parents Laugh, Too

Storytime is always a good time, but it’s even better when parents get to giggle along. Whether it’s with clever narration, hilarious illustrations, or a delightfully humorous ending, these picture books will have adults and kids in stitches.

1. Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

By Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Jay Fleck

File under: books so cute you lose complete control of your emotions. This is a sweet story about a T. Rex who wants to hug his friend but can’t because he has teeny T-Rex arms. It’s a premise you already can’t help but giggle at. But it’s Tiny T. Rex’s irresistible facial expressions and earnest efforts to give a hug that will have kids AND parents hooked.

Find Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug here



2. T. Rex Time Machine

By Jared Chapman

What happens when two hungry dinosaurs jump into a time machine to the future? The many wonders of the modern world await: microwaves! phones! police cars! This uproarious adventure will entrance young readers and keep older readers giggling page after page.

Find T.Rex Time Machine here

T. Rex Time Machine

T. Rex Time Machine by Jared Chapman

3. Rude Cakes

By Rowboat Watkins

Who knew that cakes were so rude?! This perfect recipe of hilariously surreal pictures and text is also a great conversation starter about manners.

Find Rude Cakes here

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude Cakes By Rowboat Watkins

4. Duck! Rabbit!

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

This clever take on an age-old optical illusion is told with award-winning author Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s signature humor and reminds us that no matter what age you are, it’s all about perspective.

Find Duck! Rabbit! here

Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

5. Nothing Rhymes with Orange

By Adam Rex

A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year, this laugh-out-loud story about a fruit parade getting together to sing a rhyming song about how wonderful they are—leaving Orange out—is a comical celebration of being different.

Find Nothing Rhymes with Orange here

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

Nothing Rhymes with Orange By Adam Rex

6. Professional Crocodile

By Giovanna Zoboli, illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorigo

Mr. Crocodile loves his job. But what exactly is his job? Without using any words, this clever story told through pictures is guaranteed to have readers of any age chuckling with appreciation.

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Professional Crocodile By Giovanna Zoboli, illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorigo

Professional Crocodile By Giovanna Zoboli, illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorigo

7. When Pigasso Met Mootisse

By Nina Laden

Nina Laden’s wacky illustrations complement this witty, funny, pun-ny book that introduces children to two of the world’s most extraordinary modern artists while teaching them to creatively resolve conflicts.

Find When Pigasso Met Mootisse here

When Pigasso Met Mootise By Nina Laden

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Madison Killen

Madison Killen

Children’s Marketing Manager at Chronicle Books. When she’s not reading picture books, you can find her running up San Francisco’s hills, drawing, or hunting for ripe avocados.
Madison Killen



  • Angela S November 8, 2018 at 4:30 am

    What a fantastic post! When we are reading with children if we are having fun it really helps to show the kids how much fun books can be too! I love these suggestions, one of my favourite funny books to read when my son was very young was Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin, it was hilarious. As he got older we really enjoyed reading the How to train your dragon books by Cressida Cowell, they have some very funny moments.


  • Zoheb March 8, 2019 at 12:28 am

    A Really Clear and Well Written Post Regarding Kids Picture Books which at the Same Time Makes Parents Laugh, recently I came to a Hillariously Rhyming Picture Book which tells the Story of Four Funny Potatoes who Sleeps During the Day and Put on a Show with Other Foods at Night. Although one of the Potato is not a Potato he is actually a Banana. An Intelligently Written book with contemporary illustrations that will immediately put a Smile on Your Face and even make you Laugh out loud. You Can Check that Book here: –


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