Do you have a twelve-year-old who is looking for something funny to read?
We’ve compiled a list of the 20 best funny books for 12 year olds.
These are all laugh-out-loud, belly-laugh books that your tween will love.
From classics like “The Wimpy Kid” series to newer novels like “Dork Diaries”, we’ll keep them laughing until they turn thirteen!
Here is the list of 20 best funny books for 12 year olds:
Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom by Humza Arshad & Henry White
Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom is a funny book about two friends who go on an adventure to save the world from evil.
Humza Arshad & Henry White are best friends, but they couldn’t be more different.
Humza is good at football and has lots of friends; Henry’s not very good at football and doesn’t have many friends.
But when they find a mysterious time machine in their school, things start to change…
When the boys accidentally travel back in time, they discover that there’s an evil teacher trying to destroy history!
Can they stop him? And will Henry ever get any better at football?
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
Invisible Emmie is a book that will make you laugh and cry.
It’s about a girl who wants to be invisible so she can do anything she wants without being noticed.
She gets her wish, but it turns out not to be what she expected.
Invisible Emmie has a secret that she shares with her best friend, Olivia.
They have an imaginary world where they are princesses and they live in castles.
But when Olivia’s family moves away, Emmie must learn how to make friends in real life—and how to deal with her feelings about being invisible.
This is the first in a series of books for kids by Terri Libenson, author of several popular novels for teens including “The Reluctant Journal of Henry K.” and “What Happened to Lani Garver”
The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks by Katie Kirby
Lottie Brooks is a sixteen-year-old girl who has just moved to London.
She’s never been kissed, she doesn’t have any friends and her parents are divorced.
When Lottie meets the gorgeous James, it seems like everything might be looking up for her.
But then disaster strikes when she finds out that there’s a video of her doing something embarrassing on YouTube!
Lottie tries to get rid of the video by doing something even more embarrassing – but will it work?
And will she ever find love?
My Brother’s Famous Bottom Makes a Splash! by Jeremy Strong & Rowan Clifford
Jeremy Strong and Rowan Clifford, the creators of the award-winning My Brother is a Big Fat Liar, return with another hilarious story starring their most popular character yet.
In this new adventure, Ned’s brother Frank has been given a job as a lifeguard at the local swimming pool.
But when he discovers that there are no more free hot dogs left in the snack bar, Frank decides to make his own – by jumping off the high diving board into a giant tub of ketchup!
The only problem is that Frank’s homemade hot dogs aren’t quite what they seem . . . and soon it looks like someone might need rescuing from drowning in red goo!
Can Ned find out who is trying to frame his brother?
Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney
If you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, then you will love this book.
The stories are very funny and enjoyable to read.
This is a great book for any age group. (8+) (I am 12 and I think it’s hilarious!)
My brother who is 7 loves it too! He laughs out loud when he reads them!
The author has written many books in his series, so if you enjoy this one, there are many more to choose from! 🙂 It’s well worth reading! 🙂
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Joke Book by Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Joke Book is a collection of the funniest jokes for kids.
Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake have put together this hilarious joke book, which will make you laugh out loud!
The perfect gift for all children aged 12 years old. It has been written by Roald Dahl, who is one of the most popular children’s authors in the world.
His books include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda.
This fantastic joke book contains more than 100 jokes that are guaranteed to make you laugh!
It includes a variety of different types of jokes including knock knock jokes, funny riddles, tongue twisters, and puns.
There are also some great illustrations by Quentin Blake, who is one of the best-loved illustrators in British children’s literature.
The Accidental Diary of B. U. G. by Jen Carney
Meet Billie Upton Green and her VERY accidental diary – where she chronicles all the most important things such as:
how to be friends with your best friend even if they make fun of you;
what Mrs Paterson’s biscuits taste like (hint: they’re delicious);
hiding places in town for when grandma wants something from mum but doesn’t know WHERE!
B.U.G is here, Introducing A Prophetic Voice Of comedic proportions who will take us through an unforgettable summer at school full o’ laughter & adventure.
Middle School: Escape to Australia by James Patterson & Martin Chatterto
This is a book about a boy named Rafe Khatchadorian who has an awful time in middle school.
He gets into trouble with his teacher, he has no friends and his parents are getting divorced.
One day he decides that he had enough of it all and runs away to Australia.
On the way there he meets some interesting people including a man named Mr. Todd who teaches him how to survive on the streets of Sydney.
But when Rafe finally arrives in Australia things get even more complicated than they were back home in America!
Will Rafe ever make it home? Read this book to find out!
The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett & Mark Beech
A new Terry Pratchett book!
The Carpet People is a children’s fantasy novel by Sir Terry Pratchett, the second in the Discworld series.
It was first published in 1971 and later republished with illustrations by Josh Kirby.
The story follows the adventures of a tribe of sentient anthropomorphic carpet-like beings called the Tribes of the Plain as they try to survive on an empty world; this is their story, told from the point of view of one such Tribe member, Rugadumpti (or Rug for short).
This book was originally written for his daughter Rhianna when she was eight years old.
It has been described as “a kinder, gentler version” of the Discworld, written to appeal specifically to children.
Aldrin Adams and the Cheese Nightmares by Paul Howard & Lee Cosgrove
Aldrin Adams is a young man with a problem.
He has recurring dreams in which he is pursued through an endless maze of cheese by terrifying monsters.
These nightmares are so vivid that when he wakes, Aldrin finds himself covered in sweat and breathing heavily.
The only way to calm his nerves is to eat cheese, but this makes him feel guilty because he knows it will only trigger another nightmare.
When Aldrin’s friends discover his secret they decide to help him overcome his phobia by visiting the world-famous Cheesemuseum in London.
There they meet Professor Brieux who offers them an unusual cure for their friend’s affliction: eating more cheese!
This book is great for kids ages 8–12 who love adventure, science fiction, humor, and suspense!
The Puffin Book of Funny Stories by Puffin
There are so many laugh-out-loud funny stories in this book!
The first one I read was about an Arabel who got her pet bird Mortimer into some trouble.
He kept trying to escape but she would always pull him back down onto the chair where they were sitting together; it was like his own personal Lolcat (online graphic meme).
There is also Laid-back Clever Polly and her stupid wolf friend, Zany Bold family members that never fail me when we need a good laugh, the bumbling cowardly wizard Mortimer, and many more!
This book is full of silly puns that make me chuckle now, but I know I’ll be saying them forever and ever until the end of time.
Please, for your own sake and sanity, read this book and get the puns, laugh, and laugh some more!
The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O’Doherty & Chris Judge
The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O’Doherty is the story of how, one summer, I robbed a bank.
It was an ordinary bank in an ordinary town, but it had lots of money in it and so I decided to take some.
This is my story.
This book is funny because when you read about me robbing the bank you will laugh at how stupid and funny what happened was.
Also, there are pictures in it that are also funny because they show me being silly which makes people laugh even more.
This hilarious novel from award-winning comedian David O’Doherty is now available as an audiobook for the first time!
The Legend of Greg by Chris Rylander
The Legend of Greg is a dark comedy about the life and death of Greg.
It tells the story of his childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and his final days.
The book’s main theme is that you should be careful what you wish for because it might come true.
This book will make you laugh out loud while touching your heart with its emotional depth.
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
It all begins when Wahoo Cray’s father-a professional animal wrangler-takes a job with the reality TV show Expedition Survival!, When Wahoo learns his father is planning to kill its egotistical and inept star, Derek Badger, he will need to intervene himself.
It gets more complicated: Derek Badger wants to use wild animals for his stunts; and Wahoo has adopted a shadow named Tuna, who has a shiny hairdo thanks to her father and who needs somewhere to hide.
A day after arriving in the Everglades, Derek is bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. As search parties head out, they lose themselves as well. After that, Tuna’s father shows up with a gun. . .
Who will actually survive Expedition Survival is anyone’s guess…
“Chomp is a delightful laugh-out-loud sendup of the surreality of TV that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.” —Los Angeles Times
The Island of Dr. Libris By Chris Grabenstein
A mysterious, magical island that floats in the sky, a place where all books are banned and burned by the evil Dr. Libris.
But when a young boy named Oliver stumbles upon this forbidden isle, he discovers an old man who has been trapped there for years – and together they set out to save the world from the evil clutches of Dr. Libris!
Nightmares! Series by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Charlie Laird is having nightmares! And they’re not sweet, peaceful dreams.
They are filled with monsters that want to steal his breath away or make him jump out of bed in fright–nightmares that leave Charlie gasping for air as he tries desperately not wake up from them…
The New York Times bestseller list just got a whole lot scarier thanks to the creative minds behind Nightmares!, an exciting new series about what little kids go through when they have really scary dreams.
With three books written so far (and more on their way!), these tales will keep readers guessing until the last page while still teaching some valuable lessons alongside great adventure stories like you’ve never read before.
The Inquisitor’s Tale, Or Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
In the year 1242, a boy named Jacob sets out to learn about his father’s past as a Dominican inquisitor.
His quest leads him to two other children: a girl named Emma with the power of transformation, and a Jewish boy named Aaron who can make real anything he draws.
Together they must save their friend Daniel from being burned at the stake as a heretic—even though it means facing an army of terrifying monsters.
This is not your typical kids’ adventure story! It is funny, scary, suspenseful, and moving all at once.
Hyacinth Series by Jacob Sager Weinstein
Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath – 1st book
You know how they say that history is written by the winners?
Well in this instance, I think it’s more like a big fat lie.
In fact, there are magical rivers that run through London’s sewers and shape our world with their influence!
Before Hyacinboth moves from Illinois to England she does some reading on what people call “British History.”
Too bad for her because all of those books were wrong – or at least telling little bits n’ pieces truth mixed up together didn’t paint quite the full picture as you see here…and believe me when I tell ya: IT WAS ALL MAGIC!!!
Without these mighty currents running beneath your feet then nothing would exist anymore since everything–from buildings & bridges alike; roads & railway tracks too–all exist because of magic.
And without paying homage to the spirits who were living in local rivers back when London was just a village near a really big swamp, well… I’ve got a little something to tell you about the Dagonites, but first let me share some words from a man who was brave enough to swim these magical rivers.
Hyacinth and the Stone Thief – 2nd Book
Now that Hyacinth Hayward knows about the enchanted rivers under London, she’s determined to find out more.
Unfortunately for her this time around it is not an as easy and straightforward task like before since now there are two girls who seem intent on stealing all ancient stones related to balancing spells in order to keep their city intact.
One has glowing magical fingers while another girl called Minnie tickle-tattoos herself completely full of those powerful healing energies!
The stone itself has come to the rescue!
The giant talking lion and his friends are ready for battle, but they’ll need help from Hyacinth.
Can this enthusiastic group defeat Minnie before London sinks like a rock?
The Last Kids on Earth Series by Max Brallier
Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, Jack Sullivan has been living in his treehouse with video games and an endless supply of Oreos.
But it’s not easy being a thirteen-year-old kid alone against all those zombies!
That is until he found Quint – who just so happened to be dorky as hell but also athletic enough for them both on their team;
Dirk-the former Middle School bully that now had control over some serious badasses called Warriors after turning himself into one himself (although considering how much Talladega Nights 2 sucked at storytelling I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner);
along comes Rover, another survivor like themselves looking out over friends rather than foes where there are more Eagles flying free these days…
One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman
Here’s the plan: pack up their backpacks, give their parents a nickel-and-dime switcharoo . . And then they’re in.
Two best friends on an adventure together? Yes please!
That’s exactly what these two are doing tonight – heading off into IKEA territory with one goal for this overnight escapade;
seeing how close or far away it is from something Frankie has read about before (never really knowing).
Walter believes strongly that if you’ve read “The Hunger Games” then there should be no problem getting your paws on anything at all inside any major department store like Lord & Taylor or Macy’s.
“I just wanted to have a fun night with my best friend,” Frankie said, “and we’ll see what happens.”
We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 best funny books for 12 year olds. If we missed one that is your favorite, please let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading and happy reading.