The Hat by Jan Brett and 6 Learning Activities

Weekly Trip to the Library Read Jan Brett’s fun book The Hat then do some fun corresponding activities with the kids. In The Hat: Oversized Board Book Lisa’s woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, the stocking gets stuck on his prickles […]

Our 6 Favorite Children’s Books About MLK

Weekly Trip to the Library On Monday Americans honor the great civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birth date of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around […]

10 Best Hanukkah Children’s Books

Books Make the Best Holiday Gifts I think books are the best holiday gifts nannies can give to the children that are left in their care. Not only will the children and their parents enjoy the books, they are affordable for nannies or au pairs on a budget. Books are quality gifts because a love […]

11 Best Halloween Children’s Books

Weekly Trip to the Library Most of our nanny kids with be dressing up in costumes, walking in school parades, and trick-or-treating next week for Halloween. It’s always fun to help build anticipation for any holiday by reading books with children. Here are some of my nanny kids’ favorite Halloween books. You can purchase any […]

4 Books that Teach Us About Patriotic Songs

 Labor Day Children’s Books For Labor Day most Americans are attending parades hearing patriotic songs that we all have known since childhood. Here are my favorite children’s books that describe the stories behind some of my favorite songs.  My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights by Claire Rudolf Murphy […]

Children’s Books About 4th of July

Weekly Trip to the Library American’s celebrate their Independence from Great Britain on the 4th of July. Independence Day is commonly celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, political speeches and ceremonies celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Get the kids in your care in the mood for the holiday by […]

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Weekly Trip to the Library What can you make with one oval, two circles, and eight triangles? Just ask three clever mice. In Mouse Shapes,the mice play with shapes while hiding from a cat. In the end, the mice build big mice to scare the cat away. After reading the book let the kids trace […]

Lace a Mitten Filled with Animals and Read “The Mitten” by Jan Brett

Creative Children’s Book Project There are few books as loved by kids as The Mitten by Jan Brett. Winter is a great time to read this beloved children’s book and do this cute craft with the kids in your care. As you read the book the kids will love when a Ukaranian boy named Nikki loses […]

Thanksgiving Day Parade Book and Activities

Balloons Over Broadway The kids I care for are going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving morning so I borrowed Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet from the library to prepare them for the fun and festivities. But if your charges aren’t goingto the parade they will still love watching the parade on television and […]

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Weekly Trip to the Library Prepare kids for fall nature walks with this bright, informative celebration of leaves by Ken Robbins. Acclaimed photographer Ken Robbins lets the blazing colors of 13 North American deciduous trees shine without technical assistance. Robbins provides life-sized reproductions of leaves, shown clearly against a white background, making it easy to […]