National Humor Month who?
April is chock full of special days and celebrations for the world to enjoy. National Humor Month is one of those that can be “inter-twangled” other other holidays and enjoyed at the same time.
Kinda like coupon stacking..only better
National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by Larry Wilde, an internationally known humorist and author. The mission of the institute is to “heighten public awareness about the necessity of laughter as a tool for successful living.” Mr. Wilde notes “the act of laughing allows the body and mind to relax, to become more receptive to positive energy, to be refreshed!”
And this is not just for adults. Kids need to get in on the action as well. Studies have shown that kids learn better with laughter, AND if you have a “reluctant reader” in your house, riddle and short joke books are great because the little snippets are easy to digest. Some people may not consider joke books “reading,” but from our viewpoint, it is.
Learning doesn’t have to be dull and boring. Children are more apt to learn if it’s fun. Teaching through humor arouses attention, builds enthusiasm, and develops reading and writing skills.-by Nile Stanley, Ph.D.Chair, Childhood Education
That being said, we thought we’d poll the JIAB Team to see which books were crowd-pleasers in their home or even when they were a child.
Valarie (a.k.a The Magic Book Lady):Of course Valarie, being the book-lover that she is (and having 3 kids), had more than one title to share. The more, the merrier!
Becky (Editorial Assistant): Our kids LOVE the Hoppameleon Book. It ‘s a fun story, plus my kids like to see how bad Mom stumbles and the Hoppameleon’s name gets longer (parrotturtlehoppameleon). Me, on the other, hand do my best to read the names as fast as I can to make it funnier. After all these years, we still end up on the floor giggling at the end of the book.Becky’s childhood fav:
Roscoe Welply (Creative Design Guru): I would have to say ” A Kiss for Little Bear ” by Else Holmelund Minarik with illustrations by Maurice Sendak. This book always makes us laugh, especially the ending.
What’s your child’s favorite “funny book?”
What was YOUR favorite humor book growing up?
We leave you with this thought;
Don’t suppress giggles. There’s a rumor going around that suppressed giggles sink down and expand one’s hips…..
If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.-Erma Bombeck