In general, boys are not that into poetry. Now, I know there are boys who like it – my son does. But, in general, I think many of you would agree that poetry books are not at the top of most boy’s reading lists.
I ran a boys’ book club and suggested poetry books as one of the topics. It wasn’t exactly well received . . . at first. I selected silly and funny poetry books for them to work with and then the boys had fun finding amusing poems to share with the group.
There are some “funny” poetry books that aren’t funny at all. Well, at least we didn’t find them to be funny.
These books pass our “tickle the funny bone” test and are a great way to introduce boys to poetry or add a few new books to their poetry list. (See our best books for boys list for other selections.)
Try a these Funny Poetry Books for Boys and let us know what you and your boys think. If you can stop laughing that is!
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Best Books for Boys: Funny Poetry Books
One of the reasons I introduced poetry to my son very early in his life was that poetry books are wonderful for word play, and learning new, delightful words. Give them a try with your boy and see what he things.
Starting with these funny selections is a super choice. We will share more of our favorite poetry books in future lists.
A Hippopotamusn’t and Other Animal Verses is worth seeking out. It is out of print so you will have to order it used or find it at the library. The poems are amusing and the illustrations cartoonish. My favorite one is the flamingo poem although it is not the funniest of the bunch.
I know that most people who own a Shel Silverstein book have Where the Sidewalk Ends and it is indeed a great book. My son wanted Falling Up instead. Many boys love Silverstein’s books, and although they can be a bit dark, they are sure to get a laugh.
Funny! Kids are seriously going to like Don’t Forget Your Etiquette!: The Essential Guide to Misbehavior and it is the perfect book to cover etiquette without saying a word about it. These poems are so crazy and outrageous that kids will automatically be thinking of the proper behavior for each topic. Recommended!
Nursery Rhymes? No, Truckery Rhymes! A funny take on familiar nursery rhymes that will have young boys laughing. Features Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown characters. Instead of 3 Blind Mice you get 3 Loud Trucks and instead of Little Miss Muffet you get Little Dan Dumper.
As I said above, some of the “funny” poetry books we got did not make us laugh, or even want to read more. What I love about Kids Pick The Funniest Poems is that these poems were actually picked by kids. They are what real kids thought were funny (and they are!)
A Bad Case of the Giggles: Poems That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud is a book that encourages reading aloud (gotta like that!) It is funny. It is gross. It covers everything from grime to stinky feet and bugs. Great for boys? Oh, Yes!
Another oop book that we like is If I Were in Charge the Rules Would Be Different!. When you were a kid, didn’t you just wish with you could make up all the rules? I know I did! Simple black and white illustrations with witty poems.
In our minds, no list of poetry books for boys would be complete without the addition of a few Jack Prelutsky books. We seriously love Mr. Prelutsky and our favorite book by him is A Pizza the Size of the Sun. I have read this book to my son so many times that both of us have many of his poems memorized. Highly Recommended!
Try some of these books. If your boy doesn’t like one, no worries, but don’t give up. Try a few different ones instead. Poetry is a great learning tool and it will help them with both reading and writing.
There were so many funny poetry books that I think I will have to create another list!
If you and your boys have a favorite poetry book, please share it below. We are always interested to know what others are reading.