6 Children’s Books for Passover

Weekly Trip to the Library Tonight starts the celebration of Passover. Passover is my favorite Jewish festival that celebrates the freedom attained by the Hebrew people following their exodus from Egypt where they had been slaves for either 430 years or 210 years, depending on the scholarly conclusions one follows. During the Seder tonight children […]

A World Without Color by John Amos

Weekly Trip to the Library This week when you go to the library with the children you care for I recommend borrowing an uplifting book A World Without Color written by the actor John Amos. For those of my generation and older, the author is a legendary actor well known for his roles on the […]

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 […]

Maddi’s Fridge

Weekly Trip to the Library With Thanksgiving celebrations centered on food coming up in less than two weeks there is no better time to teach children to be grateful for all they have. Maddi’s Fridge gives children an important introduction to poverty and hunger in a way that they will understand. Best friends Sofia and […]

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years

New Way to Learn About Columbus Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years 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 […]

Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman

Positive Message – But Check With Parents Before Reading this Book to Your Charges If you work for a nontraditional family or would like to help sensitize the children you care for to different types of families we recommend reading Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman. But, you should discuss the book with the children’s […]

6 Children’s Books for Rosh Hashanah

Jewish New Year Book Reviews Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. If your nanny kids celebrate the Jewish New Year read some of the following children’s books with them. Have them make cards for friends and family, and make sweet treats and foods to symbolize a sweet new year. For example, your nanny kids […]

14 Books to Eat What You Read

Read Books About Food, Then Serve the Foods to the Kids Books are said to be nourishing for the soul. Make them nourishing to your nanny kids’ bodies as well by reading the following children’s books to them and serve them the foods discussed in the stories. 1. Stone Soup First published in 1947, this […]

Teach Kids About Child Labor Laws

Labor Day Children’s Books It is Labor Day weekend in the United States. Labor Day is celebrated in the on the first Monday of September. The U.S. established Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1894 following years of social unrest between laborers and employers. During the Industrial Revolution adults and children worked long, hard […]

10 Best Children’s Books for Mother’s Day

Weekly Trip to the Library Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday in America. These are some great books to read with your nanny kids to prepare for the holiday. Although it’s not necessary for nannies and au pairs to buy Mother’s Day gifts for the mothers they work for, giving children’s books as gifts […]