Reading is Funny Day

Reading is Funny Day is observed next on Tuesday, April 1st, 2025 (261 days from today).

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April 1st every year is Reading is Funny Day in order to show children that reading can be just as fun as a more modern pastime, whether it's jokes, puzzles or funny stories.

About Reading is Funny Day

April 1st is April fool’s Day but more importantly Reading is a Fun Day! Today is a day dedicated to showing young readers that books can be as enjoyable as television or other forms of entertainment. This day is especially focused on humorous books such as joke books, comedy books or puzzle books. There are lots of ways to celebrate this holiday and get your kids involved. You can find quizzes online and you and your child can see who the best at puzzles is. You can also go to your local library to find some books to help you laugh. Another idea is to spend the day creating your own funny stories and writing them down. The main purpose of the day is to introduce children to the joy of reading and perhaps even encourage them to read every day of the year.

History of jokes

We've all told a joke once or twice in our lives, whether it's a joke, a riddle, or a mom joke. However, very few of us consider exactly where these jokes come from and why exactly, and we love to ask why the chicken crossed the street. Any joke recorded in history is an accident rather than something done on purpose. Most printed versions of jokes are made with the intention that they will be thrown away after use. Many of the original jokes consisted of jokes about human behavior and were not taken seriously and saved for future generations. The oldest recorded joke dates back to 1900 BC and is an ancient Sumerian proverb. The second oldest joke is originated from the ancient Egyptians since 1600 BC. This joke is written on papyrus and is believed to be a dig by the current pharaoh.

Many of these jokes are phrases that we still use today, such as absent-minded professors and people with bad breath. This book is intended to be read and then repeated when the opportunity arises. When the printing press was created in the 15th century, joke books were among the first to be printed with the Bible. A joke book, published in 1470, was so popular that in the 15th century alone nearly 20 copies of the book were made. The use of cartoons in joke books was first introduced in the 19th century. The increase in global literacy rates during this time led to an increase in global purchase of joke books. The joke book remains a very popular printed book to this day. The Internet has allowed jokes and pages to be created and shared with the world. Jokes can be read for fun or used to find new jokes to entertain friends. Today is the day to introduce your child to the joy that a book of jokes can bring and maybe that books that give joy in general can bring.

Origin of Reading is Funny Day

If you would like to understand the origin of Reading is Funny Day, you should study more about the history of a joke. The oldest joke is an ancient Sumerian proverb until 1900 BC. The second oldest can be dated to 1600 BC and it derived from the ancient Egyptians. This shows that throughout the ages, and regardless of our differences in culture and way of life, one thing we have long loved to do is laugh out loud! You may be wondering what jokes the ancient Egyptians saw. How do you entertain a bored pharaoh?

It wasn't until the 4th or 5th century AD that we began to see collections of jokes. It is very interesting to use a lot of these jokes such as those about people with bad breath and the absent-minded professor. At the time, the book was intended so that you could read it and then repeat the joke whenever the opportunity arose.

When the printing press was invented in the 15th century, you probably already knew that one of the first books to be printed was the Bible. But did you know that one of the other first books to be printed was the anthology of jokes we just mentioned?

It didn't take long for the comic books to come out. Their popularity has been unquestionable ever since. In fact, a joke book released in 1470 with about 20 editions in the 15th century alone! Today, there are many books that do not reach nearly 20 copies published!

Joke books are still as popular today as they were back then. The way they are consumed may vary, as so many people read online content and e-books, but it's unlikely we'll see the day when jokes are no longer popular.

How to celebrate Reading Is Funny Day

Take the opportunity on this day to show your child how fun reading can be. Download quizzes from the internet to keep your kids engaged, head to your local library to check out some fun books, or even spend the day creating your own funny stories! Setting this day aside to focus on fun reading can be a treat for kids these days and can even encourage them to start reading on their own other days of the year!

The main purpose of Reading Is Funny Day is to introduce your child to the joy of reading, which is your main goal. You can buy some children's books to prepare for this day. Alternatively, you can go to the library together and pick up some fun books. This is a great way to spend time together, and it gives your child the chance to explore the kind of books they enjoy.

You and your little one can also try making their own book on Reading Is Funny Day. This is a great activity to enjoy on this day and it will also help promote your child's development. Plus, we're sure it's the kind of activity your kids will enjoy. You can find lots of different examples of activities like these online if you're looking for a fun way to engage your kids and teach them the value of a good book.

If you're wondering where to start when it comes to fun children's books, there are plenty of great suggestions out there! It's a book about confronting the age-old child's mantra "I'm bored". In this book, a bored little girl is delighted to meet a talking potato that is until the potato declares that he finds children boring! The book follows the girl trying to change his mind, and it's guaranteed to make both you and your child laugh. We would also highly recommend David Ezra Stein's Chicken Disruption. In this book, a little chick wants her dad to read her a bedtime story. However, she continues to cut through the book every now and then because she can't stand having her beloved fairy tale characters keep making mistakes! The book shows that children who are actively involved in storytelling can also be very funny and entertaining.

Whatever you do on Reading is Funny Day, make sure it's a good day! Let us know if you've read any books that have you and your little one enjoying giggling!


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