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Funny books get kids reading: Your favourites

Kids love funny books Photo: PA

New research has shown that children prefer to read books that make them laugh.

In fact teachers and authors are now using comedy to get more children reading and to boost their literacy skills.

Well I've always liked writing funny stories anyway and fortunately I discovered that that was a really really good way of encouraging children, particularly at a young age because they love laughing of course.

– Jeremy Strong, Children's author

The latest studies back that, showing funny books are children's favourite genre.

The National Literacy Trust says fewer youngsters are reading in their own time, a trend teachers like Glenn Dack want to turn around.

You always find children that just don't engage with it so its about finding either its an enjoyment they have or something particular that sparks their interest, its all about finding their interest and that encourages them to be a reader - hopefully!

– Glenn Dack, Teacher

Matthew Burton, who featured in Channel 4's documentary series Educating Yorkshire, and is now one of Britain's best-known teachers was also calling for more laughter in the classroom to boost reading:

Without a shadow of a doubt I think humour is the key to unlocking a lot of potential in kids minds. We have to understand that sometimes that's lost in educational philosophy and theory that these are young people at the end of the day.

– Matthew Burton

So we took to our Facebook page to ask you what your favourite funny books for children are, here's a run down.

Laurie Jade said the Biff and Chip books.

Mark Bray says Pants: The book blurb says: Small children (and lots of adults!) love pants. They love talking about pants. They giggle whenever pants are mentioned. Let's face it - pants are VERY FUNNY! PANTS is a picture book with a brilliant rhyming text by Giles Andreae and lots of hilarious pictures by Nick Sharratt.

Pants by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt Credit: Corgi Childrens

Gary Drury recommends Where's Spot, and the Hungry Caterpillar for younger children

Jo Tatters Stig of the Dump by Clive King and the Meg and Mog books.

Maxine Gibson recommends The Cow That Fell In The Canal by Phyllis Krasilovsky

Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, In fact, anything by Roald Dahl!

– Jude Bennett

Toni Jeggo Bottersnikes and Gumbles by S A Wakefield

Tony Squirrell The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth - which is the story of a mole who investigates which animal did it's business on his head.

The story of the mole who knew it was none of his business' is the best book ever, especially the audio one that has the sounds of each different poo on each page!

– Katrina Harris

Eileen Kibby Gloria, A great book about a dog who gets jealous when his family get a cat, my grandchildren love it

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