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Reading to your child has many advantages, and humorous children’s books instil even more long-term benefits in toddlers and early childhood years. As children grow older, a home with humour encourages a greater sense of spontaneity, wit, general contentment, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence in your child. These traits will prove helpful throughout life as your child navigates the world around them, setting them up for success in the long run. According to research, children’s humour is optimal between ages 3 and 5 because their imagination is strongest during this time. They are seemingly able to laugh at very little. These studies also indicate that humour is a continuous process in the everyday lives of children, also suggesting that humour is innate and commonly experienced during children’s social interactions. So, the foundation for social and emotional intelligence is already present in children. This means that parents and other adult figures can fuel it by doing something as simple as reading funny children’s books to them, which is excellent news!

Further Reading

7. Humour in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: The Work of Gilles Bachelet
8. Encouraging Your Child’s Sense of Humor
9. Young Children’s Humour in Play and Moments of Everyday Life in ECEC Centres