LSL By The Season: Humor

Reading aloud every day helps children with hearing loss build literacy skills. Here are five “humor” books with specific concepts, skills and activities for incorporating Listening and Spoken Language strategies into your reading time.

Laughing together can be a great way to connect with your child who is deaf or hard of hearing. What most people don’t realize is a sense of humor is actually a learned trait. One you can foster in your child. A sense of humor develops as the brain’s ability to process information develops. You’ll  start to see signs of linguistic humor when our  child can hear and begin to process the meanings behind words. They reference the meanings of those words based on their understanding of the past and might laugh when something is out of sync. This understanding of “how the world works” allows them to “get the joke” when something is out of place.

A sense of humor not only brightens your time with your family, but it also helps children to be smarter, healthier and better able to meet societal expectations. When you read aloud books that have humorous subjects, you are well on your way to growing your baby's brain for language, literacy and laughter. We’ve put together a list of humorous books for you to read with your child to help to not only understand humor but develop their own sense of humor.

“Press Here” by Henre Tullet

For ages 2-5. Follow the silly directions as this book instructs and see what fun is waiting!

“Listen to My Trumpet-An Elephant and Piggie Book” by Mo Willems

For ages 4+. Gerald and Piggie are back, and this time Piggie has a trumpet! Patiently, Gerald listens to Piggie play, but doesn’t have the heart to tell her what she is making does not sound like music at all!  How will Gerald tell Piggie without hurting her feelings? Or, does Piggie have something other than music in mind?

“Bark George” by Jules Feiffer

For ages 4+. When George’s mother asks him to bark, what comes out is not at all what she expects! Find out what the vet discovers when George’s mother brings him in for a check-up!

“I Want My Hat Back” by Jon Klassen

For ages 4+. Bear has lost his hat. He loves his hat. Nobody in the forest seems to have seen it.  All of a sudden, Bear remembers seeing his hat! Somebody was not quite honest with Bear and there are consequences.

“Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing” by Judi Barrett

For ages 3+. There is a reason why animals weren’t meant to wear clothing. You will see why their skin is perfect for them!