Laugh along Favorites

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

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Captain Awesome to the Rescue!

Stan Kirby
(Juvenile First Chapter Books – J Kirby)
Captain Awesome ; 1

When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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

Thomas Rockwell
(Juvenile Fiction - J Ro)

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

Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans!

Gary Northfield
(Juvenile Fiction – J Northfi)
Julius Zebra ; 1

From a smelly watering hole deep in the heart of the Serengeti to the ferocious clamor of the Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends as they gear up to be gladiators! Only if they win the love of the Roman crowds will they win back their freedom. But do Julius and his pals have what it takes to succeed in a world where only the meanest and toughest survive?

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.

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

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."

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.)

Moldylocks and the Three Beards

Noah Z. Jones
(Juvenile First Chapter Books – J Jones)
Princess Pink and the land of Fake-Believe ; 1

After falling through the refrigerator into the Land of Fake Believe, Princess meets a girl named Moldylocks who takes her to the home of the Three Beards for chili--but when the Beards capture her friend, Princess must come up with a plan to save her.

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society

Michael Buckley
Juvenile Fiction - J Buckley)

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


(Juvenile Fiction - J Goscinn)

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

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

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

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.

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 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

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 Astounding Broccoli Boy

Frank Cottrell Boyce
(Juvenile Fiction – J Cottrel)

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for anything, but when he inexplicably turns green and finds himself in an experimental hospital ward with his nemesis, school bully Tommy-Lee "Grim" Komissky, everyone is baffled but Rory believes he and Grim have become superheroes.


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

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 Great Pet Escape

Victoria Jamieson
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Jamieso)
Pets on the loose!

A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School.

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

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 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.


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.)


Gordon Korman
(Juvenile Fiction – J Korman)

Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.

Older Elementary

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.

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.

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

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.

Toys Go Out

Emily Jenkins
(Juvenile Fiction - J Jenkins)

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

Younger Elementary

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.

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.