“Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall

June is Pride Month. One of the best ways to teach kids about the important history behind this commemoration and celebration of LGBTQIA+ rights is through reading. Children’s books can be used as a tool to highlight the beautiful diversity in families and identities. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall is a great book […]

“The Ugly Duckling” and Swan Craft

Weekly Trip to the Library The Ugly Duckling is an infamous story by Hans Christian Anderson whose fairytales have become loved around the world, including The Little Match Girl and The Little Mermaid. Born different, The Ugly Duckling is mocked by his siblings, rejected by other ducks, and even shunned by his own mother. The […]

7 Juneteenth Children’s Books

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is a holiday that is celebrated on June 19 celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States on June 19, 1865. Here are seven children’s books to share with your Nanny Kids about the topic. […]

“F is for Flag” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison for Flag Day

Weekly Trip to the Library June 14 is Flag Day. F Is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison is perfect for reading together with a young child. F Is for Flag shows in simple terms how one flag can mean many things: a symbol of unity, a sign of welcome, and a reminder that-in good […]

“Elmer’s Friends” by David McKee and Puppets

Creative Wednesdays David McKee’s most famous creation is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant which is published in more than 40 languages. In Elmer’s Friends we learn about the spotty, stripy, tall, and long elephant named Elmer and meet all of Elmer’s very best friends! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on every page is […]

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

In Love Makes a Family many different families are shown in happy activity, from an early-morning wake-up to a kiss before bed. Whether a child has two moms, two dads, one parent, or one of each, this simple preschool read-aloud demonstrates that what’s most important in each family’s life is the love the family members. […]

“Prickly Hedgehogs!” by Jane McGuiness and Hedgehog Puppet

Creative Projects Read Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuiness and make a cute little hedgehog puppet who goes in and out of a cardboard toilet paper tube log. In Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuiness the sun has set, and Hedgehog’s day has only just begun. She’s out and about, snuffling through layers of leaves and twigs […]

Raising Antiracist Kids by Nicole C. Lee

Weekly Trip to the Library Racism is a difficult topic to discuss with children. But if we avoid the topic of racism (or any difficult topic) with children because we are worried about saying the wrong thing, the children will “fill in the blanks” for themselves. Raising Antiracist Kids by Nicole C. Lee is written […]

Give the Pigeon a Bath!

Creative Wednesdays My six-year-old Nanny Kid absolutely loves any book by Mo Willems. Her current favorite book by the beloved author is The Pigeon Needs a Bath!. So we just had to make a fun craft to correspond with her current obsession. We made a dirty paper pigeon on one side and a clean pigeon […]

Raising an Organized Child by Damon Korb, MD, FAAP

Weekly Trip to the Library The philosophy of Raising an Organized Child: 5 Steps to Boost Independence, Ease Frustration, and Promote Confidence by Damon Korb is that organized children are raised, not born. I know in my own adult, personal life when I feel good my home tends to be tidy. When things are chaotic […]