Maddi’s Fridge

Weekly Trip to the Library With Thanksgiving celebrations centered on food coming up in less than two weeks there is no better time to teach children to be grateful for all they have. Maddi’s Fridge gives children an important introduction to poverty and hunger in a way that they will understand. Best friends Sofia and […]

10 Best Children’s Books for Mother’s Day

Weekly Trip to the Library Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday in America. These are some great books to read with your nanny kids to prepare for the holiday. Although it’s not necessary for nannies and au pairs to buy Mother’s Day gifts for the mothers they work for, giving children’s books as gifts […]

11 Children’s Books for Earth Day

Weekly Trip to the Library It is Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Here are some great children’s […]

10 Great Saint Patrick’s Day Children’s Books

Weekly Trip to the Library Saint Patrick’s Day is today in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a […]

13 Children’s Books of Black American Heroes

Black History Month Black History Month was created to celebrate the history of African-Americans in the United States, which was typically not included in history textbooks in America. It is inspiring for children to learn of the difficult struggles of African Americans who overcame to become American heroes. Here are some of our favorite children’s […]

12 Best Baby and Toddler Books for Valentine’s Day

Weekly Trip to the Library It is vital that nannies and au pairs read to children of every age to help develop their love of reading. Since the baby’s brain is equipped to absorb enormous amounts of information from birth to two-years-old it is critical that caregivers read to little ones to encourage their language […]

How to Talk to Kids About Hurricanes

Children’s Books About Hurricanes! Although I live in New Jersey and keep losing power due to trees falling and power line damage due to the high winds of Hurricane Sandy I decided to use up a few minutes of my laptop battery to post on my blog. Reading children’s books is always a great way to teach children […]

3 Old Stories Modern Kids Need to Hear

Weekly Trip to the Library There are certain stories that are universal. No matter how old they get, the lessons they teach never go out of style. Unfortunately, modern children frequently grow up without anyone ever sharing these stories with them. Here are three stories every child should hear.  1.      The Boy Who Cried Wolf– […]

Teaching Kids About Donating Money

Weekly Trip to the Library Since the holiday season is the perfect time to teach kids about giving and money management last Saturday we recommended reading Not Your Parents’ Money Book by Jean Chatzky with your charges. One of the author’s most basic lessons in the book is to be a financial success you must: 1. […]

More Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children

Weekly Trip to the LibraryBy Maria Lopez, Nanny, Miami FL When the editor of this blog and Be the Best Nanny Newsletter told me that the Autumn 2011 Be the Best Nanny Newsletter will discuss the importance of reading aloud to children I knew I had to share a book my mom read to me. […]