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 […]

A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson

Weekly Trip to the Library for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day This is a great book to read to children in honor of MLK Day and civil rights day. In A Sweet Smell of Roses there’s a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls, Minnie and her sister, sneak out of […]

7 Children’s Books for the 7 Days of Kwanzaa

Weekly Trip to the Library Kwanzaa is a non religious celebration started by Dr. Maulana Kareng, a professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966, as a way to bring together the African-American community. Here are our picks for some children’s books about Kwanzaa to share with your nanny kids. Don’t […]

Kugel for Hanukkah? By Gretchen M. Everin

Weekly Trip to the Library I love giving my Nanny Kids children’s books as gifts for the holidays. This makes a great book to give to children for Hanukkah but also fun to read to children of any faith. After reading this bright and cheerful book with your Nanny Kids make this noodle kugel recipe […]

The Christmas Menorahs by Janice Cohn

Inspiring Children’s Book in Wake of Hate Crime If you live in NJ like I do you couldn’t have missed the terrible antisemitic hate-crime in Jersey City this week that left 6 dead. The horrific tragedy required all local schools to have lock downs and terrified students in a catholic school across the street that […]

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth

Weekly Trip to the Library Thanksgiving is coming up and I’m trying to get my Nanny Kids thinking about being thankful and grateful. I found How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? at the local children’s library and it’s perfect book to help teach them to be grateful for their abundance of food. The book […]

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years

New Way to Learn About Columbus There is a lot of controversy about Columbus Day. Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday in October every year to honor the anniversary of the “discovery” of America on October 12, 1492. From the viewpoint of the Europeans, Columbus discovered North America. In reality, Columbus discovered the […]

I Can Handle It! By Laurie Wright

Weekly Trip to the Library Life is stressful and frustrating. The key to good mental health is learning to cope with stress. Adults often think kids don’t have anything to be stressed about. But children experience stress and anxiety just as much as adults yet lack the maturity to problem solve as well as adults. […]

10 Religious Easter Children’s Books

Weekly Trip to the Library I found these children’s books at the library to recommend to nannies and parents who feel that Easter has become too commercialized. If you want to share Easter books that have more religious meaning (than just focusing on Eater eggs filled with candy for children) I have listed some good […]

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Weekly Trip to the Library Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving is the true story of Thanksgiving. It includes both the story of slavery and plague, as well the generosity of the Thanksgiving Americans have been celebrating for almost 400 years. This is a biography about Squanto written by Joseph Bruchac, an author […]