Four Books to Read With Your Kids

. March 31, 2016.

Kids need encouragement to become book-lovers. They need to see their parents placing value in curling up with a good book. But the easiest way to get kids into books is to read along with them. Stimulate their imaginations even a tiny bit, and eventually they’ll take over and become full-fledged bookworms!

Here are four classic suggestions perfect for the young child in your life. 


The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, 
Illustrated by Dan Hanna

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, written in 2014 by local Michigan author Deborah Diesen, is one of a series of the author’s New York Time Best Sellers. In this adventure Mr. Fish recalling his first day of school,  is astounded by the difficulty and scariness of the experience. The stress begins to overwhelm Mr. Fish and as he leaves school, his teacher offers him kind words. He learns that he was in all the wrong classrooms. Placed properly with other new fish, he finds that he is able to manage the school experience. This fun rhyming book, like other Pout-Pout Fish pieces, is repetitive,  flowing in a natural cadence that draws in kids of all ages. Little ones will learn that,  like Mr. Fish, they belong and that they can do it. The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School is currently listed on Amazon for $12.87.


Doctor De Soto by William Steig (1982)

Doctor De Soto, written in 1982 by William Steig, received the 1983 National Book Award of Children’s Literature, as well as a Newbery Honor Book for that year. At 32 pages, it is one of the shortest to be honored in the award’s history. The book follows Doctor De Soto, a dentist, known for his incredible skill, and his assistant (who is also his wife). He provides services to animals but refuses to accept “Cats & Other Dangerous Animals”.. One day a Fox arrives with a very badly damaged tooth, De Soto decides to help the Fox. Despite being grateful the Fox still plans to eat the Dr and his wife. Serving as a modern fable, the De Sotos outsmart the Fox. Kids will learn the importance of taking care of their teeth, that you should be friendly to your dentist, and of course that  brains win over brawn. Doctor De Soto is currently listed at $6.29 on Amazon.


Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney (2009)

Llama Llama Misses Mama, written in 2009 by Anna Dewdney, is a New York Times Best Seller, one of several books in the Llama Llama series. This story has Llama Llama starting preschool. Shy, nervous, and wanting to leave with his mom, Llama Llama’s ultimate fear is that his mother won’t return. This book is an ideal piece for starting school and the  anxiety of separation of student and  parent. The good news, as in the book, Mama (or Daddy) will return to pick you up at the end of the school day. Llama Llama Misses Mama is currently listed at $12.62 on Amazon.

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes written in 1998, by David Shannon. was voted one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” in 2007. The book follows Camilla Cream who loves lima beans, but never eats them because the other kids don’t like them. On her first day of school, her skin develops stripes. Though Camilla feels fine, her mother, believing that something must be wrong,  seeks the help of doctors.  Once she is persuaded to eat lima beans, she finally transforms back, teaching that when Camilla is  true to herself  she is normal. A Bad Case of Stripes is currently listed on Amazon for $13.85.

Jordan Scavone is a local children’s author whose first book,
The Mighty-E, came out in 2015.