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Funny Zombie Books For Kids Ages 4-12 - Brains Not Required!

Believe it or not, zombies are no longer relegated to scary movies and late-night thrillers. They've shuffled their way into the world of children's literature, becoming a surprisingly popular genre for young readers. But with so many "brain-tastic" options out there, how do you choose the right children's zombie storybook?

The Rise of the Friendly Undead

The popularity of children's zombie stories can be attributed to the general shift in pop culture towards more lighthearted portrayals of monsters. Think "Hotel Transylvania" or "Monster High." These stories take familiar scary creatures and make them funny and relatable. Zombie books for kids (aged 4-12) often focus on themes of friendship, courage, and overcoming challenges, all wrapped up in a package that's more silly than spooky.

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The Benefits of Battling the Undead (From a Safe Distance)

While we might not want our kids facing real monsters, there can be some unexpected benefits to reading about fictional zombies. These stories can help children navigate their fears in a safe and controlled environment. Overcoming a zombie hoard can be a great metaphor for conquering everyday anxieties. Additionally, these tales often emphasize resourcefulness, problem-solving skills, and the importance of community – valuable lessons wrapped up in a fantastical adventure.

Our Top Book Picks for Kids Who Want Thrills

Here's a list of some popular children's zombie stories to get you started:

  • "When Halloween Took Over Christmas" A Original Series!: A children's rhyming bedtime storybook, about Halloween taking over Christmas, featuring Santa Pumpkin Head and his ZOMBIE friends! As the zombies invade the North Pole... SANTA IS MISSING!

  • "The Last Kids on Earth" A Netflix Original Series! by Max Brallier: A hilarious and action-packed series following a group of kids who build a treehouse fort to survive a zombie apocalypse (mild peril).

  • "My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish" series by Mo O'Hara: A wacky and wonderfully weird story about a goldfish who comes back from the dead (with a taste for brains...sort of!).

  • "Little Zombie Girl: A Zombie Adventure for Children" by Julia Donaldson: A beautifully illustrated rhyming story about a little zombie girl who struggles to fit in, but ultimately finds her place through her unique talents (great for ages 4 and up).

  • "When You're a Zombie: A Halloween Tale" by Delightful Daydreams Publishing: A fun and informative look at what it might be like to be a zombie, perfect for satisfying a child's curiosity about these popular creatures (great for ages 3-8).

  • "The Zombie Chasers" series by John Kloepfer: A graphic novel series filled with cartoony mayhem, perfect for introducing reluctant readers to the zombie genre in a humorous and non-scary way (good for ages 8 and up).

Even More Funny Zombie Books For Kids

Looking for more chills and thrills? Here are some Funny Zombie Books For Kids Ages 4-12

  • "Zombies Don't Eat Veggies" by Jorge Lacera (Author, Illustrator), Megan Lacera (Author): Zombie Mo craves colorful veggies (tomatoes? Perfection!), but his parents insist on gross finger foods. Can Mo convince them to embrace the veggie life? (perfect for kids 4-8).

  • "Diary of a Minecraft Zombie" by Zack Zombie: Bored of the same old zombie routine? Crack open this diary and see the hilarious life of a Minecraft Zombie middle-schooler! (ages 7-10).

  • "Zombie Phone Kids" by Michael Garland: Phones rule your house? Your kids are zombie-fied by screens? This book helps break the spell and get them talking, playing, and living again! (fun for ages 4-11).

  • "Oh No! The Zombies Have Escaped!" by Laura Coleman & Little Learners: Alerted! 15 goofy zombies are missing! Search shops, parks, and parties to find Fester, Rottie, and the creepy crew in this hide-and-seek adventure! (great for ages 2-5).

  • "Brains! Not Just a Zombie Snack" by Stacy McAnulty: Forget boring textbooks! This funny book reveals the BRAINS behind everything (even why zombies crave them!) with jokes, facts, and 22% less grossness. (perfect for ages 4-8).

  • "Lucas and the Zombie" by CeCe Carroll & Brian Carroll: Hungry zombie at the door? Lucas has a plan (and a tastier treat) to save the day... and maybe forge an unlikely friendship! (good for ages 3-5)

  • "The Zombie Zone (A to Z Mysteries)" by Ron Roy: Bayou mystery! Can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose face a silver-haired zombie... or is it all a spooky swamp legend? (perfect for ages 6-9).

  • "Little Zombie Boy" by Holly Michele: Little Zombie Boy is a zombie adventure the whole family can enjoy! This fun, rhyming story tells the tale of Little Zombie Boy after he wakes up in the graveyard sad and scared. (great for ages 4-8).

  • "Zack the Farting Zombie" by Tootin' Tom: Spooky School stinks (literally)! Zack the Farting Zombie's secret shame might be his hilarious ticket to monster superstardom! (ages 4-8).

  • "Zombies Attack!" by Mark Cheverton : Minecraft's hidden edge holds a shocking secret! Watcher and friends battle a zombie warlord to save their village and uncover the truth about the Far Lands. (great for ages 9 and up).

Choosing the Right Chiller for Your Little Thriller

Not all zombie stories are created equal, especially when it comes to age-appropriateness. Here are some tips for choosing the right children's zombie storybook for your child:

  • Consider Age: For younger children (ages 4-7), look for stories with more emphasis on humor and colorful illustrations.

  • Read Reviews: Online reviews and recommendations from librarians are a great way to find age-appropriate content.

  • Thematic Twists: Think about the themes you want your child to explore. Are you looking for something more humor-focused? Or perhaps a story with a strong message of friendship or courage?

Beyond the Books: Exploring the World of Children's Zombies

Children's zombie stories can be a springboard for further exploration and learning. Here are some ideas to extend the fun:

  • Get Crafty: Create zombie crafts together, like decorating pillowcases or designing your own monster costumes.

  • Bake Up a Batch: Whip up some spooky treats like zombie cupcakes or eyeball cookies.

  • Have a Movie Night: Choose a family-friendly zombie movie to watch together (think "Hotel Transylvania" or "ParaNorman").

  • Write Your Own Story: Brainstorm your own wacky zombie adventure together as a family.

Final Tips for Choosing Children's Zombie Books

  • Look for award winners: Awards like the Caldecott Medal or the Pura Belpré Award recognize excellence in children's literature.

  • Consider diversity: Look for stories with characters from different races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help: Librarians are a great resource for finding age-appropriate and engaging children's books.

By following these tips and exploring the wealth of children's zombie stories available, you can find the perfect book to spark your child's imagination and provide a safe and spooky thrill.

Remember, the most important thing is to choose stories that are age-appropriate and enjoyable for your child. Happy reading!


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