A Spoonful of Sugar by Brenda Ashford

Weekly Trip to the Library I urge all nannies read A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny’s Story. It’s been a long time since I’ve been lost in a book but I literally fell in love with A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny’s Story by Brenda Ashford and I couldn’t put it down. It is a delightful true story […]

Why Nannies Should Read to Kids Each Day

Nanny Confessions: We Must Teach Kids to Love Books I confess, it is sometimes hard for me to make time to read to kids everyday. But, no matter how busy the day gets, it’s vital to read aloud to children to help them learn to love reading. You don’t have to like reading yourself. You […]

Nannies and Au Pairs are "Shadow Mothers"

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering by sociologist Cameron Lynne Macdonald examines the complicated personal relationships between working mothers and the nannies and au pairs that work in their homes. The author examines what it means to both mothers and childcare workers […]

Invisible Nannies Hiding in Plain Sight

Book Review of The True Nanny DiariesOver the past two-weeks have been discussing the pros and cons of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (CDWBR). As we discuss nanny rights there is no better time to look inside the lives of many immigrant domestic workers. I highly recommend adding The True Nanny Diaries by […]

Like a Second Mother by Barbara Blouin

Weekly Trip to the Library This week Be the Best Nanny Newsletter recognized National Nanny Recognition Week by sharing short essays by great nannies that love working in their chosen profession. The perfect ending to National Nanny Recognition Week is reviewing the inspirational book Like a Second Mother by Barbara Blouin. The book is a collection […]

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs “They say it’s like true love, good help. You only get one in a lifetime.” — Kathryn Stockett Talk about a page-turner! I have never had more trouble putting down a book than the novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Anyone who gravitates towards the […]

The Child Care Texbook 2007

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs The Child Care Textbook: Required Reading in the Nation’s First Tuition-free, College Credit, Child Care Training Program  is the essential child care primer for those employed to care for children in a private home. The author is Anne Merchant Geissler who developed the Professional Nanny […]

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs

I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature By Jennifer Ward Review by Andrea Flagg, Nanny, Co-Founder Nanny Alliance of New York and New Jersey This is a great book with 52 activities one for each week of the year. This book breaks out simple things to […]

Weekly Trip to the Library

The Professional Nanny by Monica M. Bassett Review by Maria Lopez, Nanny, Miami, Florida The Professional Nanny by Monica M. Bassett is a bit tedious because it is a practical book discussing the business aspects of in-home childcare and is not intended to be a novel. But, it is a thorough text with topics discussed […]

Weekly Trip to the Library

The Nanny Textbook 2003 By Anne Merchant Book Review By Maria Lopez, Nanny, Miami, Florida What I like best about The Nanny Textbook by Anne Merchant is that she has a nursing background and she teaches the nursing process to nannies. I have not come across another book written for nannies with the nursing approach. […]