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 […]

A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson

Weekly Trip to the Library for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day This is a great book to read to children in honor of MLK Day and civil rights day. In A Sweet Smell of Roses there’s a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls, Minnie and her sister, sneak out of […]

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 […]

7 Children’s Books for the 7 Days of Kwanzaa

Weekly Trip to the Library Kwanzaa is a non religious celebration started by Dr. Maulana Kareng, a professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966, as a way to bring together the African-American community. Here are our picks for some children’s books about Kwanzaa to share with your nanny kids. Don’t […]

Kugel for Hanukkah? By Gretchen M. Everin

Weekly Trip to the Library I love giving my Nanny Kids children’s books as gifts for the holidays. This makes a great book to give to children for Hanukkah but also fun to read to children of any faith. After reading this bright and cheerful book with your Nanny Kids make this noodle kugel recipe […]

The Christmas Menorahs by Janice Cohn

Inspiring Children’s Book in Wake of Hate Crime If you live in NJ like I do you couldn’t have missed the terrible antisemitic hate-crime in Jersey City this week that left 6 dead. The horrific tragedy required all local schools to have lock downs and terrified students in a catholic school across the street that […]

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth

Weekly Trip to the Library Thanksgiving is coming up and I’m trying to get my Nanny Kids thinking about being thankful and grateful. I found How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? at the local children’s library and it’s perfect book to help teach them to be grateful for their abundance of food. The book […]

Kalamata’s Kitchen

Weekly Trip to the Library Kalamata’s Kitchen is much more than just a terrific book series. Kalamata has a web site, chefs, and restaurants working with her all over the world to bring people together through food. Kalamata exposes children to different cultures, people, and food. The book, web site, and resources remind me of […]

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years

New Way to Learn About Columbus 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 America. In reality, Columbus discovered the […]

You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar

Weekly Trip to the Library If you are wearing something today that is physically uncomfortable because you believe it makes you look better, or if you refused to eat something you wanted to eat because you worried what it might do to the way you look, that is a sign that you feel inferior to […]