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Clowns: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about clowns?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to clowns. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about clowns.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about clowns can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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It
Written by Stephen King
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 18-

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real…….

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Circus Time!
Written by Anh Do & illustrated by Dan McGuiness
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Meet Hotdog, the wiener dog, and his friends! In this colorful illustrated chapter book series, Anh Do introduces us to a small hero with a big heart.Lizzie’s joining the circus! Her sister Emma is a high-flying trapeze star, but Lizzie’s TERRIFIED of heights! She’s going to be a clown-the funniest around!Hotdog and Kev can’t wait to see the show. Will everything go as planned?

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The Farmer and the Clown
Written & illustrated by Marla Frazee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee. A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves—and about life! Sweet, funny, and moving, this wordless picture book from a master of the form and the creator of The Boss Baby speaks volumes and will delight story lovers of all ages.

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A Nightmare on Clown Street
Written by R.L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and they’re coming after you! Catch them all, undead or alive!Ray Gordon really likes the circus. His uncle, Theo, is a performer in Koko’s Klown Academy and he invites Ray to come join him for the summer. At first, Ray’s parents are reluctant-they know their son has a habit of getting himself into strange situations. But Ray manages to convince them that he’ll be on his best behavior. The circus itself is very cool. The clowns stay in their makeup all day and only go by their clown names. Ray becomes a clown-in-training named Mr. Belly-Bounce. But the longer he’s there, the scarier things become. There are whisperings about a place called Clown Street and nobody, including Murder the Clown, wants to go there. Will Ray be able to survive the dark secrets of the circus?

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Jingle the Christmas Clown
Written by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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  • The Farmer and the Circus - The farmer follows his new friends to the circus in this whimsical and touching conclusion to the trilogy from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee that began with the beloved The Farmer and the Clown. The little clown and monkey miss their friend the farmer. They spend their days playing farmer together, until one day they get a surprise. Farmer has come to visit the circus! What will happen when he meets the rest of the circus family? Sweet, humorous, and full of emotion, this third and final book in Marla Frazee’s stunning trilogy is sure to become a classic favorite for young readers.

  • Baby Clown - An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist introduce an adorable new circus star – who won’t stop wailing! When Frieda and Boffo Clown have a baby, everyone in the circus is over the moon. But there is just one problem: Baby Clown won’t stop crying! Frieda and Boffo try everything: putting on their silliest faces, driving him around in their tiny car. They even try taking off his red nose and big shoes. But that just makes Baby Clown cry more. Can Frieda and Boffo turn his little clown frown upside down in time for the sold-out show? Kara LaReau deftly juggles wit and warmth in this hilarious nod to parental persistence, while Matthew Cordell’s big-top-bright illustrations bring Baby Clown and his circus family to humorously frazzled life. Older siblings, in particular, will step right up to this applause-worthy picture book, joining Baby Clown in many a heartfelt “WAAAAH!”

  • Bones and the Clown Mix-Up Mystery - Detective Jeffrey Bones is having fun eating cake and watching a clown perform tricks at his friend’s birthday celebration. But when the clown can’t find her street clothes at the end of the party, it’s up to Bones to solve this Easy-to-Read mystery!

  • The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin - Max Patkin was pitching in the minor leagues when he was injured and had to leave his dreams behind. He joined the Navy and eventually was able to play again while in the military . . . and this time he got to pitch against superstar Joe DiMaggio. When Joe hit one of Max’s throws out of the park, Max threw down his glove, left the mound, and chased Joe around the bases, making faces and imitating his every move. The crowd loved it! And a baseball clown was born. This inspiring and comical biography carries an important message: Life doesn’t always turn out exactly as you hope . . . but moving in a new direction can sometimes bring happy surprises.

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