April Fools’ for Kids

Hey kids, April Fools' Day is coming! Be prepared this year with the many great resources the library has for pranks or jokes you can play.

Pranklopedia is a fun illustrated guide to pranks from classics like the fake sneeze or garlic breath mint to more modern tricks like causing computer desktop confusion. With lists of required items for each prank, difficulty levels and information on history's favorite pranksters, this book is required reading for creative mischief-making.

If you're brushing up on your joke skills, it doesn't hurt to start with an old classic. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? offers a fresh take on a oldie but a goodie. Beloved children's book artists offer up their unique, zany answers, from Jerry Pinkney's Little Red Hen to Mo Willems' nervous chicken explaining himself to police officers. It's fun to see how different people see the same joke.

Maybe you just want to read a silly book to help get you in the mood for the day. Interrupting Chicken makes a great bedtime story for clever kids who know their fairy tales. Most of us wouldn't make the same mistakes as Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel, and sometimes it's hard not to interrupt the story to say so. This is a fun book to read with parents or friends.

Happy April Fools' Day!

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