“Martin Rising” by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

If you care for school-aged kids they have undoubtedly read and loved books by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney already. Martin Rising: Requiem For a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney begins with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, then jumps to his birthday in 1968, just three months before […]

“Shante Keys and the New Years Peas” by Gail Piernas-Davenport

Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport is a story of diversity and traditions that children will really enjoy. Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Black-eyed beans represent good luck. Shante doesn’t want bad luck without them! […]

‘Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

‘Twas Nochebuena is a bilingual retelling of “The Night Before Christmas.” The story takes readers into the home of a Latin American family during their Christmas Eve feast of Nochebuena. This family story conveys strong family bonds and traditions while offering non-Spanish speakers a way to learn some basic Spanish vocabulary. In ‘Twas Nochebuena the […]

Read “Snowmen at Night” and Make Indoor Snowmen

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner is a hysterical book about snowmen that your Nanny Kids will want to reread over and over again. In Snowmen at Night while the children sleep, the snowmen the kids made during the day come to life. The snowmen have tons of winter fun including ice-skating on a pond, […]

“The Girl Who Saved Christmas” by Matt Haig

Weekly Trip to the Library The Girl Who Saved Christmas is a great Christmas book for your older Nanny Kids (about eight- to 12-years-old). Books always make a great, and inexpensive, holiday gift for children as well. In The Girl Who Saved Christmas Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. […]

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

Thanksgiving is almost here making it the perfect time to read Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano with the children left in your care. Turkey Trouble is a funny look at a turkey who is trying not to be the Thanksgiving table’s centerpiece. He attempts a number of disguises to blend in with some of the […]

Otto’s Tales Today is Veterans Day!

In Otto’s Tales: Today is Veterans Day! Otto and his best friend Dennis go on an adventure with Uncle Sam to learn about the different branches of the U.S. military. Otto and Dennis discover the meaningful sacrifices made by our military veterans and why they deserve respect, gratitude, and remembrance. Click the title Otto’s Tales: […]

“A Book About Empathy” by Manuela Ocampo Mejia

It’s hard for some children to consider how their actions affect other people. That’s why I read “A Book About Empathy” with one of my Nanny Kids this week. The child was struggling saying ‘thank you’ and seeing things from her friends’ perspective during a change of plans. When the child was happy and calm […]

Read “How Chipmunk Got His Stripes” and Chipmunk Puppet and Craft

Creative Wednesdays How Chipmunk Got His Stripes by Joseph Bruchac is based on a Native American folktale. In this story, Bear brags that he can do anything — even stop the sun from rising. Brown Squirrel doesn’t believe him, so the two wait all night to see if the sun will rise. Sure enough, the […]

Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar

Even if your Nanny Family doesn’t celebrate Diwali it’s important to teach children about other cultures whenever given the opportunity. Diwali starts this Thursday so I picked up Binny’s Diwali at the library. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. The festival […]