“Memoirs of a Goldfish” by Devin Scillian with Fishbowl and Puppet Craft

Creative Wednesdays One of my favorite projects to with children is creating projects that correspond to their favorite books. The little girl I am currently caring for loves the adorable book, Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian. So I helped her make a paper plate fishbowl and puppets of the characters in the book. […]

“Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book” and Puppet Project

Creative Wednesdays Through a hole in the book’s cover of Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup, an owl invites us inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the […]

Read “Waiting for Wings” and Make Coffee Filter Butterflies

Creative Wednesdays The little ones I care for absolutely love making butterflies out of coffee filters. It’s one of the best boredom busters ever as they want to do this over and over for hours of fun. Plus, it is fascinating to learn how a worm-like caterpillar turn into a delicate creature with wings reading […]

“How to Catch a Leprechaun” and Make a Leprechaun Trap

Weekly Trip to the Library Irish folklore describes leprechaun as little fairies. Legend says they keep pots of gold at the ends of rainbows. Every Saint Patrick’s Day my Nanny Kids and I make leprechaun traps along with thousands of kids around the world. How to Catch a Leprechaun is a perfect children’s book for […]

10 Valentine’s Day Books for Early Learners

Weekly Trip to the Library Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day books at a variety of reading levels for preschoolers to second graders. Why are they my favorite books? Because these are my Nanny Kids’ favorite books. Pick the appropriate books depending on your Nanny Kid’s level of reading. The child will enjoy […]

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King

Weekly Trip to the Library In honor of Black History Month I highly recommend reading Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race with your Nanny Kids. It is inspiring for girls and boys and children of every race and culture specifically written for children ages four- to eight-years-old. Hidden […]

The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino and John Nelson

Weekly Trip to the Library The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder answers questions we all want answered such as how do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered inside this exploration of the science of snow, featuring photos of […]

10 Children’s Books About the Pandemic

Weekly Trip to the Library Tonight, Tuesday, January 12 I will be discussing children’s books with Rebecca Pearcy for the US Nanny Association. Below is a reference sheet that will be mentioned in the discussion about children’s books that discuss the pandemic. There are actually dozens of great books discussing everything about the pandemic from […]

“Curious About Snow” by Gina Shaw

Weekly Trip to the Library In Curious About Snow this 8-inch by 8-inch non-fiction book answers the most basic questions about snow. When does it snow? Why is snow white? How do we know no two snowflakes are alike? (Hint: the proof is in the photographs, first made in the 1890s). With full-color photographs and […]

The Stars Will Shine by Cynthia Rylant

Weekly Trip to the Library The Stars Will Still Shine serves as a reassuring reminder that good things are always around the corner. After a year of coronavirus there is no better book to read with your Nanny Kids start the new year off right. Written in response to troubled times by one of the […]