Humor Books For 6th Graders NEW!
What sets this list of humorous tween books apart from other funny book lists is that I haven't populated it solely with book that rely on fart jokes and gross slapstick (not that there is anything wrong with that, I love a good fart joke, myself.). The books on this list range from the chuckle-worthy to the laugh-out-loud-snort-milk-out-your-nose. I've included dark humor, quirky reads, realistic laughs and slapstick. These funny middle grade books are suitable for children ages 8 to 13, so think 4th grade to 8th grade.
humor books for 6th graders
For those of you who regularly follow my book lists (P.S. I love you), you will be delighted to realize that these middle grade books are all fresh titles! So even if you've waded through my list of the 100 funniest funny chapter books, your children have even more funny books to read!
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat. Abbie Wu is starting middle school and she is looking for something to be "her thing." Abbie is also a little bit high strung and so when she and her friends decide to institute a lunch time revolution, the results are hilarious. Young readers who like their books to have a heavy dose of doodling will love this book - very refreshing and honest about the struggles of early teens trying to find their place, as well as all the embarrassing moments that take place on the journey.
The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser. I loved reading this and it's an excellent funny book for 8-12 year olds, especially those who love baseball. Set in the late 1940s, the story follows Nick Spirakis, who is the son of Greek immigrants, who plays ball with his friends in the field by the zoo. The field contains perils, such as Tank the Rhino, who lives just beyond the outfield (where balls occasionally land!). When the local baseball team comes under the control of a new owner, Nick and his friends vie for a spot as the batboy. Amidst the humor and action, the story also addresses life as an immigrant, dealing with bullies and the status of girls who play baseball. Overall, an excellent and at times hilarious middle grade book, and I think it would make a good funny read aloud book, too.
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans. When I first started to read this book I thought I had been misled about the humor, but as the book went on the laughs started to ratchet up. Fidge is excited about taking a vacation with her mom and 4 year old sister, Minnie. But when Minnie gets into an accident, Fidge has to stay with her overly anxious cousin Graham. Soon Fidge finds herself and Graham thrown in the middle of a bizarre world populated with the whimsical Wimbley Woos and ruled by a usuper king, who just so happens to be Minnie's stuffed toy, Wed Wabbit. Hijinks ensue. But in the midst of this uproarious and hilarious middle grade novel is a touching story about two kids finding their way back home and growing up.
Guys Read: Funny Business ed. by Jon Scieszka. Funny middle grade books need not be restricted to novels! I really enjoyed reading this collection of short stories aloud. Although Scieszka's series is called "Guys Read," there is no reason why girls won't also enjoy these stories by well-known authors. The funny short stories range from hilariously outrageous to silent-chuckle worthy. What I love best about this collection is that readers get an introduction to the authors (such as Kate DiCamillo, Mac Barnett and Christopher Paul Curtis) so searching out longer works by those authors is a real treat. A few of the stories are about well-known characters, like Artemis Foul and Joey Pigza!
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. Do your kid like literacy references and tongue-in-cheek, melodramatic humor? Fans of Lemony Snicket will enjoy this tale of four children, Tim, Barnaby A, Barnaby B, and Jane who fancy themselves to be "old-fashioned" in the vein of book heroes and heroines. When their unpleasant parents go off on a world trip, the siblings are left with a not-so-odious-after-all nanny and end up being semi-adopted by their lonely neighbor who has taken in a baby found on his doorstep. I enjoyed this novel, but the rather wicked and irreverent and quirky humor is not for every child. I did like the Lowry included a glossary and a bibliography, written in the same gothic style as the rest of the novel.
As I have shared previously, my children both love a good dose of humor in their books. This started with picture books and has continued as they moved into chapter books and novels, which has accumulated in this list of over 40 funny chapter books for kids.
When I was a seventh grade Language Arts teacher, I found that my reluctant readers really gravitated towards books with humor. Funny books can improve moods, contain important themes, and lead to a lifetime love of reading.
Great recommendations and a couple new to me. Thanks! I also love to read (and write) the funny stuff, and find these books can be a great escape and, as you said, an invitation for reluctant readers to become AVID readers!
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka Growing up Scieszka is a WILD time and will crack you up with fantastic, humorous writing.
Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel FrederickREALISTICThis series kept one of my daughters reading all summer last year. The story begins when a group of 6th graders start a mother-daughter book club. Each book in the series focuses on one of the books the girls read (such as Little Women, Daddy Long Legs, and Pride and Prejudice) as well as the relationships of the girls among themselves, the relationships with their mothers, and the tricky business of growing up. Box Set Here.
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Graphic novels got him reading in first grade but we also read a lot of picture books too, particularly those with a math theme. By second grade, he read books about aliens, funny books, and graphic novels, and explored different genres in third grade.
Sixth grade was marked by a year of concussion, but we kept on reading with me reading aloud to him. I would describe his taste in books as solidly Rick Riordan, realistic fiction, anything funny including graphic novels, with an interest in science topics either in fiction or nonfiction.
My son found the first two books at a used book store that benefits kids who age out of foster care called More Than Words. We got hooked on the first book and sped through the rest of the series. Now we are waiting impatiently for the next book.
Still, having her grandfather in middle school with her turns out to be a bonding experience for Ellie and ignites an interest in science in her as well. This is a funny, fast read for those who like science served up realistically, with sides of humor and magical realism. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
We met Eoin Colfer at the Mega Awesome event with Rick Riordan, and Colfer is hilariously funny and charming. It was enough to convince my son to try Artemis Fowl and we plugged away at four of the books, enjoying each one. This fifth one, however, was our stopping point.
First, it is so important that teachers prioritize reading interest over reading level. Students will often choose to read well above or below their reading level if they are particularly interested in a book or topic. Teachers only hurt students by limiting them to a specific selection of titles grouped according to an arbitrary number or level. Think of the books on these lists as starting places for you and your students, but if a student wants to read up (or down), that is a-ok.
For many students, sixth grade means leaving elementary school behind and bravely walking into the world of class periods and lockers and social cliques. There is a lot of growing up that happens during the tween and pre-teen years, and these stellar books are perfect for budding adolescents.
Dwight is the weird kid in class. Dwight folds an Origami Yoda and, with Dwight as its mouthpiece, Yoda gives all sorts of good advice to the kids in his class. This is the first in a four-book series, and the short chapter books are very reader-friendly and are designed to read like a school notebook, complete with doodles and margin notes.
Percy is sent to Camp Half Blood, where he learns that the father he never knew is none other than Poseidon, God of the Sea. This makes Percy a demigod. Soon, Percy finds himself on a quest along with demigod Annabeth to stop a war between the gods from breaking out. Author Rick Riordan continues the Percy Jackson storyline in subsequent books and then delves into Norse, Roman, and Egyptian mythology in other related book series.
From the author of the bestselling Percy Jackson books comes a new trilogy about Norse mythology. Magnus finds out he is the son of a Norse god, and he is summoned to Asgard as the gods are preparing for war.
The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report found that humor is a top trait kids look for in books. Plus, funny books increase well-being by promoting a feeling of togetherness through laughter and build social-emotional skills by giving kids the courage to embrace their uniqueness.
There is also The Underdogs #1, a great book for an early reader just getting into chapter books. In this funny and entertaining read, your kid will enjoy meeting the canine residents of Barksdale. Each character has a distinct personality and they all come together to form a high energy quartet.