Staff Picks

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Some of our favorite funny stories for school-age children.

Children's Services Staff

Younger Elementary

Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray     Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray    
Nick Bruel
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Bruel)

Kitty and Puppy stay with Uncle Murray. It isn't long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigans of epic proportions.

Bink and Gollie     Bink and Gollie    
Kate DiCamillo
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Dicamil)

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, a trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely companion.

Clementine     Clementine    
Sara Pennypacker
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Pennypa)

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Gooney Bird Greene     Gooney Bird Greene    
Lois Lowry
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Lo)

A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.

Horrid Henry     Horrid Henry    
Francesca Simon
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Simon)

Follow Henry as he tries to have a perfect day, disrupts a dance recital with his imitation of a pterodactyl and sabotages a family camping vacation. Look for more Horrid Henry titles.

Little Red Riding Wolf     Little Red Riding Wolf    
Laurence Anholt
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J An)

In this version of "Little Red Riding Hood," a big, bad girl terrorizes a wolf cub who is going to visit his granny wolf.

Miss Daisy is Crazy     Miss Daisy is Crazy    
Dan Gutman
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Gutman)
My weird school: book 1

Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J. (First in the My Weird School series.)

Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown     Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown    
Megan McDonald
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Mcdonal)

After second-grader Stink gets an unsatisfactory grade in physical education, his parents tell him he must play a sport and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel.

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plot     The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plot    
Maxwell Eaton
    (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Eaton)

Two beavers thwart an evil plot by penguins who plan to turn Beaver Island into a frosty resort.

The Woman Who Won Things     The Woman Who Won Things    
Allan Ahlberg
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Ah)

As Mr. Gaskitt takes a series of jobs and Mrs. Gaskitt keeps winning prizes, their nine-year-old twins, Gus and Gloria, follow a substitute teacher who seems too good to be true.

Older Elementary

A Long Way From Chicago: a novel in stories     A Long Way From Chicago: a novel in stories    
Richard Peck
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Peck)

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinoiswith his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.  (You can also read the very funny Newbery award-winning sequel, A Year Down Yonder.)

Babymouse: Queen of the World!     Babymouse: Queen of the World!    
Jennifer Holm
    (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Holm)
Babymouse: book 1

An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself     Big Nate: In a Class by Himself    
Lincoln Peirce
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Peirce)

Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement. Look for more Big Nate titles.

Clueless McGee     Clueless McGee    
Jeff Mack
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Mack)
Mack, Jeff. Clueless McGee ; 1.

Through a series of letters to his father, a private investigator, fifth-grader PJ "Clueless" McGee tells of his efforts to discover who stole macaroni and cheese from the school cafeteria.

Fortunately, the Milk     Fortunately, the Milk    
Neil Gaiman
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Gaiman)

While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

Frindle     Frindle    
Andrew Clements
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Cl)

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Homer Price     Homer Price    
Robert McCloskey
    (Juvenile Classics - J Mcclosk)

Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.

How to Eat Fried Worms     How to Eat Fried Worms    
Thomas Rockwell
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Ro)

Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute     Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute    
Jarrett Krosoczka
    (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Krosocz)
Lunch lady ; 1

The school lunch lady is a secret crime fighter who uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots.

Masters of Disaster     Masters of Disaster    
Gary Paulsen
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Paulsen)

Twelve-year-old Henry's grand adventures spell disaster for best chums Riley and Reed, who always seems to land in a pile of "smelly goo."

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society     NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society    
Michael Buckley
    Juvenile Fiction - J Buckley)
NERDS

While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil.

Nicholas     Nicholas    
Goscinny
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Goscinn)

Nicholas, a French schoolboy, and his classmates have a knack for landing in trouble. Look for more Nicholas titles.

Otis Dooda: Strange but True     Otis Dooda: Strange but True    
Ellen Potter
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Potter)

Nine-year-old Otis Dooda confronts a series of zany challenges when his father's new job prompts the family's move to a New York City apartment. Worst of all, Otis is cursed by a guy in a potted plant in their apartment building lobby and has to team up with unlikely characters to break the curse.

Ramona the Pest     Ramona the Pest    
Beverly Cleary
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Cl)

Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School     Sideways Stories from Wayside School    
Louis Sachar
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Sachar)

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Sir Gadabout     Sir Gadabout    
Martyn Beardsley
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Beardsl)

When Queen Guinivere is kidnapped, it is up to Sir Gadabout, the worst knight in King Arthur's court, to find and rescue her. Look for more Sir Gadabout titles.

The 13-Story Treehouse     The 13-Story Treehouse    
Andy Griffiths
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Griffit)

Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn't for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions, including thirteen flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, enormous gorillas, and dangerous burp gas-bubblegum bubbles!

The Adventures of Captain Underpants     The Adventures of Captain Underpants    
Dav Pilkey
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Pilkey)

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen. Look for more Captain Underpants titles.

The BFG     The BFG    
Roald Dahl
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Dahl)

Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from other man-gobbling giants.

The Giggler Treatment     The Giggler Treatment    
Roddy Doyle
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Doyle)

A talking dog, the Mack children, and the elf-like Gigglers themselves must try to stop the prank that the Gigglers have mistakenly set in motion to punish Mr. Mack for being mean to his children.

The Pepins and Their Problems     The Pepins and Their Problems    
Polly Horvath
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Horvath)

The reader is invited to help solve the Pepin family's unusual problems, which includes having a cow who creates lemonade rather than milk.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda     The Strange Case of Origami Yoda    
Tom Angleberger
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Anglebe)

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

The Wednesday Wars     The Wednesday Wars    
Gary D. Schmidt
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Schmidt)

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

The Willoughbys     The Willoughbys    
Lois Lowry
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Lowry)

The Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.

Thora     Thora    
Gillian Johnson
    Juvenile Fiction - J Johnson)

Ten-year-old Thora, daughter of a mermaid mother and a human father, has many adventures at sea until she must return to the English seaside town of Grimli and save her mother who has been captured by the greedy real estate developer, Frooty de Mare.  (Read more about Thora in Thora and the Green Sea-Unicorn.)

Toys Go Out     Toys Go Out    
Emily Jenkins
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Jenkins)

Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.