Teens' Favorite Funny Books

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Teen readers across the country vote for the best

from the American Library Association
Thwonk by Joan Bauer

Thwonk by Joan Bauer

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Collection Development

  • Humor in Young Adult Literature: A Time to Laugh by Walter Hogan (Scarecrow Press)

Winners of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award

  • Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2005)
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2004)
  • Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee (Arthur A. Levine Books.)

Funny Fiction for Teens

  • First French Kiss and Other Traumas by Adam Bagdasarian (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002)
  • All-American Girl by Meg Cabot (HarperTrophy, 2003)
  • Love among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris (Harcourt Children's Books, 1998)
  • A Fate Totally Worse Than Death by Paul Fleischman (Candlewick, 1997)
  • Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins (Simon Pulse, 2005)
  • Adventures of Blue Avenger by Norma Howe (Harper Tempest, 2000)
  • Miss Smithers by Susan Juby (HarperTeen, 2005)
  • Confess-O-Rama by Ron Koertge (Laurel-Leaf, 1998)
  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press, 2005)
  • Things You Either Hate or Love by Brigid Lowry (Holiday House, 2006)
  • Vegan Virgin Valentine by Candlewick Press (Carolyn Mackler, 2004)
  • Behaving Bradley by Perry Nodelman (Aladdin, 2000)
  • Pulling Princes by Tyne O'Connell (Bloomsbury, 2004)
  • The Schernoff Discoveries by Gary Paulsen (Yearling, 1998)
  • 5 Novels by Daniel Pinkwater (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997)
  • Angus, Thongs, & Full-frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (HarperCollins, 2000)
  • A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins, 1999)
  • How I Spent My Last Night on Earth by Todd Strasser (Aladdin, 2000)

The following books appeared on YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, What's so Funny?

  • Swords for Hire by Will Allen (Centerpunch, 2003)
  • Yotsuba&!: Volume 1. by Kiyohiko Azuma (A. D. Vision, Inc., 2005)
  • Thwonk by Joan Bauer (Penguin, 2005)
  • True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas (Razorbill, 2006)
  • Good Omens: the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch, 2006)
  • The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez by Judy Goldschmidt (Penguin, 2006)
  • Simpsons Comics Barn Burner by Matt Groening (HarperCollins, 2005)
  • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones (Puffin, 2006)
  • No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman (Hyperion, 2000)
  • Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle by Gordon Korman (Hyperion, 2006)
  • Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb (Delacorte, 2005)
  • Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez (Tor, 2005)
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: a Love Story by Christopher Moore (HarperCollins, 1995)
  • Bat Boy Lives!: The Weekly World News Guide to Politics, Culture, Celebrities, Alien Abductions, and the Mutant Freaks That Shape Our World. by David Parel (Sterling, 2005)
  • Frisco Pigeon Mambo by C.D. Payne (Aivia Press, 2000)
  • Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws by Janette Rallison (Walker, 2006)
  • Vampire High by Douglas Rees (Laurel Leaf, 2005)
  • The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riles (Penguin, 2003)
  • The Schwa Was Here by Neil Shusterman (Puffin, 2006)
  • Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith (Graphix, 2005)
  • Be More Chill by Deb Vizzini (Miramax, 2005)
  • The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1995)
  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson (Bloomsbury, 2005)
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