The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John and Pete Oswald

The main character of The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky is a sunflower seed in a cranky mood because he can’t seem to find the perfect Halloween costume. Despite trying to ruin the holiday for the whole field he ends up learning some positive lessons from a kindly neighbor and […]

“The Leaf Thief ” by Alice Fleming and Nicola Slater

Be sure to make leaf rubbings after reading The Leaf Thief: (The Perfect Fall Book for Children and Toddlers) by Alice Fleming and Nicola Slater with the children in your care. The Leaf Thief is a funny picture book that teaches kids about autumn, adapting to change, and the seasons. The main character is Squirrel […]

The Color Monster

Halloween has a lot of scary characters but the monster in The Color Monster by Anna Llenas is not scary at all. The Color Monster helps children identify emotions and feel more in control. One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, […]

“The Anxiety Workbook for Kids: Take Charge of Fears and Worries” by Robin Alter and Crystal Clarke

Have you ever cared for a child that was scared to go to school, eat a new food, join a sport, or so extremely shy that they were unwilling to play with kids at the playground? Does the child become irritable, jittery, over-tired, sleepless, or have physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches due to […]

“Too Many Carrots,” Origami, Carrot Cookies, and Worksheets

Lesson Plans Too Many Carrots is such a cute story about kindness all children love. Rabbit loves carrots and that’s a big problem! In this phenomenal bestseller, Rabbit loves carrots a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his animal friends offer to help, they’re just […]

“The Day of the Bad Haircut” and Cutting Paper Hair

All kids I have ever met have cried at least once during or after getting a haircut. That’s why I have often borrowed The Day of the Bad Haircut by Eva Moore from the library. In The Day of the Bad Haircut Molly finally allows her mother to cut her hair, after weeks of protesting, […]

“Hooray for Hat!” and Make Paper Hats

Creative Wednesdays There’s a pervasive dark cloud of grumpiness among the animal friends in Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won, until Elephant gets a delivery of a box containing hats. So he puts all of the hats on his head, and goes visiting his friends, who are also grumpy, giving each of them a hat […]

How Nannies Can Use the 80/20 Principle to Achieve More Doing Less

The 80/20 Principle suggests that 80 percent of our results come from 20 percent of our efforts. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch shows how we can achieve much more with much less effort, time, and resources, simply by identifying and focusing our efforts on the 20 percent […]

“Little Dandelion Seeds the World” and Cotton Swab Dandelion

Creative Wednesdays Who doesn’t love blowing fluffy dandelion seeds? My Nanny Kids literally spend hours blowing the soft flowers in the parks and fields we visit each summer. So, I was so excited to find Little Dandelion Seeds the World by Julia Richardson. This is a wonderful book for young readers that teaches that the […]

“Are You a Bee?” and Honeybee Bubblewrap Painting

Lesson Plans Many people are afraid of bees but honey bees are incredible. Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries shows that — from the perspective of a honeybee — the backyard is a busy place. A young bee faces many challenges as it takes its place in the hive. […]