Aimee Scorza’s Favorite Kids Books
Some of the best memories I have from childhood are of my mother lying in bed with me and reading me stories. I can remember way back when books like Pat the Bunny and Goodnight Moon were appropriate, so we’re talking decades. We had a few greatest hits, Elouise and The Chronicles of Narnia being frontrunners. That time together was pretty indelible. I’m always looking for great books I may not know about to read to my kids. We’ve put together some recommendations that are worth checking out.
If You’re Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night
by Cooper Edens
This whimsical little book is full of magical pictures and words that offer unconventional solutions to life’s obstacles. The words play with your imagination and carry a warm message of acceptance of fears, doubts, and joy.
The Sneetches and Other Stories
by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Zeisel
This is a fantastic collection of four stories. They are written in Dr. Seuss’ familiar tone of tongue twisters and rhymes. Read enough times, they almost become a song and are guaranteed to bring laughter to all ages. I read this story to Dylan and Max (beautiful twin girls I had the pleasure of caring for) every night before bed. They would memorize certain parts and chime in with me as I read along. They loved yelling out “Sylvester McMonkey McBean!!,” the “fix it up chappie” when his name became part of the story. The Sneetches opened up many conversations for us about prejudices and acceptance. This book will always be one of my favorites.
I like you
by Sandol Stoddard
This tiny book is great for all ages. Perfect for a special friendships that you want to celebrate. It’s simple, fun, and silly.
My Many Colored Days
by Dr. Seuss
This sweet book has the most amazing watercolors. Each page is painted with a specific color and talks about a particular emotion. I have used the rhyming words as a reference to help children express how they are feeling. Happy, sad, confident, or shy—at the end of the day you are still you.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi and Ron Barrett
My second grade teacher introduced this book to me and I have passed it along to many children. It’s about a town called Chewandswallow. This special town doesn’t have any grocery stores. Food is provided by the weather and comes three times a day. It snows mashed potatoes, has split pea soup fog, and rains orange juice. It begins to storm and flood making the food become giant. This forces them to build boats made out of bread and sail away in search of a safer place. I still remember imagining super sized donuts rolling down the streets and wondering if a pancake could really be bigger than a house. It’s a great story that opens up questions about the weather and how fun the imagination can be.