Read Across America Day: Funny Books to Enjoy Together

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I had the privilege of being the "secret reader" in my four-year-old son's classroom a couple of weeks ago. (Oh, the look on my little guy's face when he saw that his mom was the special mystery guest—it was a perfect combination of elation and mortification... Yes, my pre-K'er is already embarrassed by my mere presence around his peers. Oh well, better get used to it, Bud.)

Deciding what book to read to a room full of little kids was a daunting task for me. I love all kid-lit... Why couldn't I read all of our faves? I mean, couldn't we just devote the entire two-and-a-half-hour nursery session to my visit?!?

Go with something classic and traditional (a la Dr. Seuss) or shake things up and pick a picture book that's off the beaten path, and not on the regular curriculum? The answer: Dragon Loves Tacos, of course!

It's National Read Across America Day. I've already written about our family's love of literature, but I'd be lying if I said it's always been this way. Getting my four-year-old son's eyes fixated off of the iPad (Or TV screen. Or laptop) and into a book hasn't always the easiest task. Sometimes, it still isn't; and it takes a creative, fun, immersive, and interactive book to suck him in.

Little kids are finicky, and sometimes you have to give them a nudge. Pique their interest and make reading time extra fun with one of these super awesome books.

dragons love tacos

READ: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin

This book elicits giggles and guffaws from big and little readers alike. A practical guide for inviting giant mythical creatures to your next Taco Tuesday gathering, it's about friendly dragons, who love, no, livefor tacos. But they abhor anything spicy. So you can guess what happens if you forget to read the fine-print on a salsa jar...

This book is so beloved that it already has a follow up available for pre-order. Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel takes us to the day the tacos disappeared! Cue dragon sobs.

the book with no pictures

READ: The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak

Don't judge a book by its cover, its pictures, or, you know, lack thereof. Fact is: a book without pictures just might be the answer to your kid's cranky problems. Read this out loud with extra personality, and your kid will be hunched over in hysterics. But be warned: it mandates that the adult book-reader says absurd made-up words and embarrassingly silly phrases.

skippyjon jones

READ: Skippyjon Jones, by Judy Schaechner

This muy, muy funny book encourages kids to think more like a chihuahua (or a chihuahua-channeling kitty-cat), and embrace imagination. Full of adventure and humor that will appeal to kids and grownups, the original Skippyjon Jones and its many follow-ups will tickle and delight.

press here

READ: Press Here, by Hervé Tullet

Start by "pressing here" on the cover's yellow dot, then follow the subsequent instructions within the book's pages. From tilting to shaking to pushing, this interactive book puts kids to work and gets them immersed in the fun.

snappsy the alligator

READ: Snappsy the Alligator, by Julie Falatko and Tim Miller

Snappsy is minding his own business when a narrator comes along to spice up his mundane story, questioning every move and motive Snappsy makes or has. Is he really just going to the grocery store—or is the narrator right and he's about to pounce on defenseless birds and animals?

What are your favorite books to read with little ones?

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