Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson and Craft

Weekly Trip to the Library I love making arts and crafts that correspond to a children’s book that I read to my Nanny Kids. This week we read a cute book with frogs as the main characters and made some paper plate frogs. In Leap Back Home to Me a little frog’s first leap out […]

Germs vs. Soap by Didi Dragon

Weekly Trip to the Library Despite telling children to wash their hands over and over again since the pandemic started I’m still having trouble getting one of the kids I babysit to wash his hands every time he enters the home. I have to hover over him because he often turns on the water and […]

Books by Mark Loewen

Weekly Trip to the Library Mark Loewen met the love of his life and a few years later they became dads through open adoption. Raising a girl opened his eyes to the unique challenges girls and women experience in today’s world. He wanted to support his daughter the best way he could, knowing that as […]

Coronavirus: A Free Digital Book for Children

Weekly Trip to the Library Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor […]

From Grapes to Jelly by Bridget Heo

Weekly Trip to the Library I love “The Who Made My Lunch” series of children’s books that takes readers on the journey of common household foods travel from farm, to factory, to table. After reading From Grapes to Jelly be sure to make some recipes using jelly. Allow the kids to spread jelly on their […]

Reading Tree

Creative Wednesdays Twenty years ago my Mom Boss gave me a craft book from Family Fun Magazine as a Christmas gift which has the idea of making a Reading Tree. Since then I have made a Reading Tree for each Nanny Kid in my care. With each new book they receive as a gift, or […]

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Weekly Trip to the Library You undoubtedly saw the Oscars last Sunday and that Matthew A. Cherry took home an Oscar when Hair Love won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film! I highly recommend buying or borrowing the children’s book from the library and watching the short film. Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry […]

Love Monster and the Lost Chocolate by Rachael Bright

Weekly Trip to the Library Love Monster and the Last Chocolate is a really adorable book to give to your Nanny Kids with a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. When Love Monster comes home from vacation, he discovers a box of chocolates on his doorstep. He knows he should share it with his friends, […]

Guess How Much I Love You? By Sam McBratney

Weekly Trip to the Library With Valentine’s Day approaching I suggest giving your Nanny Kids a children’s book rather than candy for the holiday. If your Nanny Kids don’t already have this popular children’s book in their personal library I highly recommend giving them the pop-up edition of Guess How Much I Love You: Pop-Up […]

The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K. Vaughan

Weekly Trip to the Library Today is the Chinese New Year — the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K. Vaughan is a great book to share with your Nanny Kids for Chinese New Year. It is a rhyming tale in […]