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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, “Laughing is the best medicine.” There are many ways that laughter is good for us and has a positive effect on our body. Some of the benefits are: improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one’s life. The use of humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is growing and supported by scientific resesarch. 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 - Willems, Mo The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors - Daywalt, Drew Can You Make A Scary Face? - Thomas, Jan
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
by Mo Willems 
The Legend of Rock, Paper Scissors by Adam Rex  Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Easy Readers
What Is Chasing Duck?
 
The Cookie Fiasco - Santat, Dan The Chicken Squad
What is Chasing Duck? by Jan Thomas  The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat  The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin 

J Fiction 
Fuzzy - Angleberger, Tom The Terrible Two I Funny
Fuzzy
by Tom Angleberger 
The Terrible Two
by Mac Barnett 
I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson 

J Non-Fiction 
The Big Book of Laugh-out-loud Jokes for Kids - Elliott, Rob The Everything Kids' Giant Book of Jokes, Riddles, and Brain Teasers Just Joking
The Big Book of Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids
by Rob Elliott 
​J 818.602 ELLIOT 
The Everything Kids' Giant Book of Jokes, Riddles and Brain Teasers 
​J 793.73 EVERYTH

 
Just Joking: 300 Hilarious Jokes, Tricky Tongue Twisters and Ridiculous Riddles 
​J 818.602 JUST

Movies 
Despicable Me The Lego Movie Zootopia
Despicable Me  The Lego Movie  Zootopia 
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