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We ALL Need a Laugh!

It has been a long cold Covid!

Since March of 2020, we have been worried, fretted, isolated. We crawled tentatively back out like so many prairie dogs to see if the coast was clear, only to hunker down again as another variant came by. Our preschool children have lived in a Covid world with restrictions on a family visit, day care closures and quarantines, library, and community events canceled and rescheduled. Grandparents and birthday parties are in little ZOOM squares. And constantly parents anguish over: is this activity worth the risk?

One thing that has sustained many adults is laughter. How many of us felt better after watching a kitten jump on a feather? On TV, podcasts, social media, or books we have sought the genuine smile, the chuckle that was loud enough someone else asks what is funny, or the most welcome “laugh until you can’t breathe.” Remember the photo of Bernie Sanders with mittens? That was FUNNY!

Children need this opportunity, too. They may not demonstrate the frowny faces and worry lines adults are developing, but they are surrounded by hushed – or not so hushed – conversation, newscasts, and radio interruptions.

We need FUNNY we can share!

Mayo Clinic recommends laughter. ( Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke – Mayo Clinic) Here are some benefits they include:

  •       Stimulate many organs.Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  •       Activate and relieve your stress response.A rollicking laugh can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure.
  •       Soothe tension.Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce stress.

 

This is the time to read – and then write – funny. Beyond kid-fart-joke funny. Strive for “kid and adult together” funny. “Preschool library storytime” funny. “Laugh together until you have to stop to breath” funny.

A totally random glance at my shelves includes:

Grumpy Monkey

The Gruffalo

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes

Moo baa la-la-la

The Day the Crayons Quit

The Napping House

How to Dress a Dinosaur

Click-Clack Moo: Cows the Type

Other lists

Barnes and Nobel: 5 Picture Books That Will Make Parents Laugh, Too – B&N Reads (barnesandnoble.com)

Romper suggests: 13 Children’s Books That Will Make Any Mom Laugh (romper.com)

Goodreads: Funny Books for Kids (531 books) | Goodreads

Ask your children’s librarians what the best storytime books are. Librarians love to share!

Make your own mentor lists. Read them out loud, to a child if you have one available. Remember the delight at plot twists and surprise endings, the role illustrations make in the total experience.

Then start writing.

The world needs your FUNNY!

Award-Winning author Robin Currie learned story sharing by sitting on the floor, in library storytimes. She has sold 1.7 M copies of her 40 storybooks and writes stories to read and read again! How to Dress a Dinosaur is available now! How to Dress a Dinosaur – Familius.com Shop