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The Funniest Humor & Joke Books to Read for April Fools' Day

By ThriftBooks Team • March 30, 2022

The specific origins of April Fools' Day are unknown, but some historians think it dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. With this switch, the new year changed from April 1 to January 1.

Many people failed to recognize the switch and continued celebrating the new year according to the old calendar. These people became the butt of jokes and pranks and were called "April fools."

Since April Fools' Day continues to be a funny unofficial holiday, we thought it would be the perfect time to keep the fun going and highlight some of our favorite funny books, joke books, and humor books available at ThriftBooks.

The Best Funny Books for Kids, Adults, and Teens

There are thousands of titles that are perfect reads for April Fools' Day. Some are funny stories, others are collections of jokes, and some are full of ideas for playing pranks.

Our Favorite Funny Books

Looking for amusing books that are full of cheers and chuckles? Here are some fun humor books to consider:

  1. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
    The world will end next Saturday, so the armies of Good and Evil are gathering. A fussy angel and a fast-living demon who have lived amongst humans since The Beginning are not looking forward to The End. Find out what happens in Good Omens and have a laugh...or a thousand laughs!
  2. Nightlight: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon
    After witnessing a series of strange events surrounding her crush, Edwart, Belle is convinced that he's a vampire. He did, after all, leave his tater tots untouched at lunch. Nightlight: A Parody is a hilarious tale you don't want to miss.

Our Favorite Joke Books

Whether you need to update your repertoire of jokes or look for some good laughs, check out these joke books.

  1. Laughter: The Best Medicine by Reader's Digest
    What's funnier than a joke for April Fools' Day? Six hundred jokes for April Fools' Day! Laughter: The Best Medicine contains jokes, gags, and cartoons that will keep you laughing throughout the month!
  2. The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes: Because Your Dad Thinks He's Hilarious by Ian Allen
    There are no jokes that are as funny—and unfunny—as dad jokes, and this joke book is loaded with some of the best. Dad jokes are notoriously cringeworthy, and The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes has them all.

The Best Funny Books for Kids

Something unique about humorous books for kids is that adults tend to find them just as amusing as children do! Here are a couple of our favorites:

  1. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
    This funny book is not only a spoof of many classic fairy tales, but it has also become a recent legendary classic. With tales like "The Really Ugly Duckling" and "Little Red Riding Shorts," kids will get a kick out of reading The Stinky Cheese Man over and over.
  2. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
    Kids love the laugh-aloud schemes and antics of dinosaur kids who fuss about going to bed. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? has become one of the most-loved hilarious bedtime books you have to try!

Find the Best April Fools' Books

There's no better way to share the joy of laughter than with the best funny books for kids, teens, and adults. ThriftBooks has over 13 million titles in stock, so whether you want funny stories, a collection of jokes, or ideas for pranks, you're sure to find them at ThriftBooks. Sign up for ReadingRewards to earn points redeemable for books, too. Have fun this April Fools' Day and get pranking!

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