“Be a King” by Carole Boston Weatherford

Every year at this time as Martin Luther King Day approaches I try to find a children’s book I never read before about him to share with my Nanny Kids. This year I borrowed Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford from the library. Be a King: […]

“Martin Rising” by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

If you care for school-aged kids they have undoubtedly read and loved books by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney already. Martin Rising: Requiem For a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney begins with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, then jumps to his birthday in 1968, just three months before […]

“Shante Keys and the New Years Peas” by Gail Piernas-Davenport

Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport is a story of diversity and traditions that children will really enjoy. Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Black-eyed beans represent good luck. Shante doesn’t want bad luck without them! […]

“The Lights in the Church” by Marilee Joy Mayfield

Merry Christmas! The Lights in the Church is a children’s books about the true meaning of Christmas. When a brother and sister get lost in the park, they stumble upon a curious sight; a church in the middle of the forest. As they walk closer, the doors won’t open, but as hymns are heard they […]

‘Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

‘Twas Nochebuena is a bilingual retelling of “The Night Before Christmas.” The story takes readers into the home of a Latin American family during their Christmas Eve feast of Nochebuena. This family story conveys strong family bonds and traditions while offering non-Spanish speakers a way to learn some basic Spanish vocabulary. In ‘Twas Nochebuena the […]

Read “Snowmen at Night” and Make Indoor Snowmen

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner is a hysterical book about snowmen that your Nanny Kids will want to reread over and over again. In Snowmen at Night while the children sleep, the snowmen the kids made during the day come to life. The snowmen have tons of winter fun including ice-skating on a pond, […]

“The Girl Who Saved Christmas” by Matt Haig

Weekly Trip to the Library The Girl Who Saved Christmas is a great Christmas book for your older Nanny Kids (about eight- to 12-years-old). Books always make a great, and inexpensive, holiday gift for children as well. In The Girl Who Saved Christmas Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. […]

“Meet the Latkes” by Alan Silberberg and Latke Recipe

Your Nanny Family doesn’t have to celebrate Hanukkah to enjoy reading Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg and then share in making and eating latkes. When reading Meet the Latkes get ready for some wacky good fun with the Latke family of potato pancakes. Lucy Latke’s family is just like yours or mine. Except that […]

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

Thanksgiving is almost here making it the perfect time to read Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano with the children left in your care. Turkey Trouble is a funny look at a turkey who is trying not to be the Thanksgiving table’s centerpiece. He attempts a number of disguises to blend in with some of the […]

“Nanny Dearest” by Amy Fine Collins

The New York Times just posted the article She Wrote About the Family Babysitter. Flora Collins, the daughter of Amy Fine Collins, has a debut novel, Nanny Dearest. In Nanny Dearest a young woman takes comfort in reconnecting with her childhood nanny, until she starts to uncover secrets the nanny has been holding for twenty […]