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Funny Literacy: The Certified Laughter Reader Literacy Program

Using Humor to Help Kids Enjoy Reading

 

“Almost all children love funny books, it's what helps hook them into the reading habit.”

~ Michael Rosen, U.K. Children’s Laureate

 

 

Everything that has to do with children, including this project, must have room to grow. The purpose of this project is to encourage children to read by introducing them to the naturally attractive phenomena of humor and laughter. Children can grow in significant ways through opportunities to explore their own humor, laughter, and mirth. These topics bring variety and freshness to the classroom and the school culture, promoting eager interest, emotional resilience and self-confidence. The FUNNY LITERACY project capitalizes on the observation that effective teaching techniques must be balanced with humanity and spirit in the form of “a radical performance indicator, namely, laughter.”

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Pilot & Participating Programs
CERTIFIED LAUGHTER READER ADVISORY COMMITTEE Don Baird Psychology & Humor Literature Jim Masica Communications & Creativity Paul McGhee, PhD Psychologist, Researcher & Author www.laughterremedy.com Mary Kay Morrison Humor & Education www.questforhumor.com Mary Mullen Beth Park, PA, Library Dr. Joel Schwartz Child & Adolescent Psychiatry www.stresslessshrink.com Wendy Shepherd Children’s Literacy Expert, Strategic Advisor www.alfabservices.com Lee Spade, PhD Psychologist

      Goals:

      To provide incentives for kids to love reading by having them complete activities based on reading humorous

      books; to encourage kids to embrace their own sense of humor and laughter; to promote positive expressions

      of humor.

 

      To promote laughter and humor as a feel-good factor when reading, by encouraging reading together and to

      discover the pleasure of funny books in families, schools and libraries. This in turn will reinforce the message

      that reading together promotes family well-being, and that embracing one’s sense of humor promotes

      personal well-being.

 

      To draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books. We hope that the FUNNY LITERACY

      project will enable these books to gain a profile that makes them more credible and accessible to children

      and young people. The FUNNY LITERACY Project will work to achieve this through a range of activities

      supported by libraries, teachers and parents.

Kids who complete a prescribed reading activity, e.g., 1 hour per week of funny books, in fifteen minute intervals, during April, plus a follow-up-activity, e.g., tell a joke, write a poem, or draw a picture, will receive the designation of Certified Laughter Reader. Qualification requirements will be decided locally.

 

Studies by neuroscientists and psychologists have shown that laughter increases the release of endorphins — those awesome chemicals in the brain that make us feel good. But laughter isn't just about feeling good because we find something to be funny. Laughter actually boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces tension and can improve cognition.

 

Reading funny books together is always a great way to spend productive time together, but who would have guessed how many benefits laughter can really bring to our lives? No time like the present to get started.

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About
Funny Literacy
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Support Materials
Pilot & Participating Programs
CERTIFIED LAUGHTER READER ADVISORY COMMITTEE Don Baird Psychology & Humor Literature Jim Masica Communications & Creativity Paul McGhee, PhD Psychologist, Researcher & Author www.laughterremedy.com Mary Kay Morrison Humor & Education www.questforhumor.com Mary Mullen Beth Park, PA, Library Dr. Joel Schwartz Child & Adolescent Psychiatry www.stresslessshrink.com Wendy Shepherd Children’s Literacy Expert, Strategic Advisor www.alfabservices.com Lee Spade, PhD Psychologist
About
Funny Literacy
Resources
Projects

   Goals:

   To provide incentives for kids to love

   reading by having them complete

   activities based on reading humorous

   books; to encourage kids to embrace

   their own sense of humor and laughter;

   to promote positive expressions of humor.

 

   To promote laughter and humor as a

   feel-good factor when reading, by

   encouraging reading together and to

   discover the pleasure of funny books in

   families, schools and libraries. This in

   turn will reinforce the message that

   reading together promotes family well-

   being, and that embracing one’s sense of

   humor promotes personal well-being.

 

   To draw attention to funny books as

   readable and enjoyable books. We hope

   that the FUNNY LITERACY project will

   enable these books to gain a profile that

   makes them more credible and accessible

   to children and young people. The FUNNY

   LITERACY Project will work to achieve this

   through a range of activities supported by

   libraries, teachers and parents.

Support Materials
Pilot & Participating Programs
CERTIFIED LAUGHTER READER ADVISORY COMMITTEE Don Baird Psychology & Humor Literature Jim Masica Communications & Creativity Paul McGhee, PhD Psychologist, Researcher & Author www.laughterremedy.com Mary Kay Morrison Humor & Education www.questforhumor.com Mary Mullen Beth Park, PA, Library Dr. Joel Schwartz Child & Adolescent Psychiatry www.stresslessshrink.com Wendy Shepherd Children’s Literacy Expert, Strategic Advisor www.alfabservices.com Lee Spade, PhD Psychologist