A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary

Weekly Trip to the Library June is Pride month in the United States so its the perfect time to start teaching kids about different family structures. I love reading A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary with children to start the conversation about different types of family units. A Family Is […]

Coronavirus: A Free Digital Book for Children

Weekly Trip to the Library Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor […]

Does Punishing a Child that Lies Make them Lie More?

Nanny Confessions I confess, it drives me nuts when my Nanny Kid’s lie (or an adult does for that matter). It’s easier to fix a problem if people of all ages are just honest. I think it’s pretty normal for many kids to exaggerate or stretch the truth for attention or to help them feel […]

From Grapes to Jelly by Bridget Heo

Weekly Trip to the Library I love “The Who Made My Lunch” series of children’s books that takes readers on the journey of common household foods travel from farm, to factory, to table. After reading From Grapes to Jelly be sure to make some recipes using jelly. Allow the kids to spread jelly on their […]

Reading Tree

Creative Wednesdays Twenty years ago my Mom Boss gave me a craft book from Family Fun Magazine as a Christmas gift which has the idea of making a Reading Tree. Since then I have made a Reading Tree for each Nanny Kid in my care. With each new book they receive as a gift, or […]

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Weekly Trip to the Library You undoubtedly saw the Oscars last Sunday and that Matthew A. Cherry took home an Oscar when Hair Love won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film! I highly recommend buying or borrowing the children’s book from the library and watching the short film. Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry […]

Love Monster and the Lost Chocolate by Rachael Bright

Weekly Trip to the Library Love Monster and the Last Chocolate is a really adorable book to give to your Nanny Kids with a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. When Love Monster comes home from vacation, he discovers a box of chocolates on his doorstep. He knows he should share it with his friends, […]

Guess How Much I Love You? By Sam McBratney

Weekly Trip to the Library With Valentine’s Day approaching I suggest giving your Nanny Kids a children’s book rather than candy for the holiday. If your Nanny Kids don’t already have this popular children’s book in their personal library I highly recommend giving them the pop-up edition of Guess How Much I Love You: Pop-Up […]

The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K. Vaughan

Weekly Trip to the Library Today is the Chinese New Year — the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K. Vaughan is a great book to share with your Nanny Kids for Chinese New Year. It is a rhyming tale in […]

Kindness Snippet Jar by Diane Alber

Weekly Trip to the Library Undoubtedly one of the most important things to teach kids is kindness. We must show them how to be friendly and to be kind towards others, to use good manners, and not to be mean or bully or cyber bully others. Learning to be kind as children will ultimately make […]