April is National Humor Month

April is the month that begins with April Fool’s Day. Most people know that April 1st is April Fool’s Day, an annual celebration where people play practical jokes on each other. However, did you know that there is a month dedicated to laughing?

National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by best-selling author and comedian Larry Wilde to increase public awareness of the therapeutic benefits of laughter. We have all heard the popular saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” There are many ways that laughter is good for us; it has a positive effect on our body. Some of the benefits are: improved health, boosted morale, increased communication skills and the enrichment of the quality of one’s life. The use of humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is growing and supported by scientific research. Scientific research indicates that the curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our time.

There are many ways to put more laughter in your life: find what makes you laugh and include it in your daily routine, surround yourself with funny people, and share funny stories or jokes with those around you. Come and check out some joke books, funny fiction and picture books as well as comedy movies to keep you laughing all month long.

Picture Books 

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

Can You Make A Scary Face?

Easy Readers

What Is Chasing Duck?

The Cookie Fiasco

The Chicken Squad

J Fiction 


The Terrible Two

I Funny

J Non-Fiction 

The Big Book of Laugh-out-loud Jokes for Kids

The Everything Kids' Giant Book of Jokes, Riddles, and Brain Teasers

Just Joking


Despicable Me

The Lego Movie


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