“Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book” and Puppet Project

Creative Wednesdays Through a hole in the book’s cover of Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup, an owl invites us inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the […]

Decoding Boys by Cara Natterson

Weekly Trip to the Library Not all nannies care just for infants and toddlers. For most of my nanny jobs I helped care for older boys until they went to junior high school, high school, and then I worked as a family assistant as the eldest son went off to college. In my past nanny […]

“How to Catch a Leprechaun” and Make a Leprechaun Trap

Weekly Trip to the Library Irish folklore describes leprechaun as little fairies. Legend says they keep pots of gold at the ends of rainbows. Every Saint Patrick’s Day my Nanny Kids and I make leprechaun traps along with thousands of kids around the world. How to Catch a Leprechaun is a perfect children’s book for […]

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” By Eric Carle and Caterpillar Craft

Creative Wednesdays The Very Hungry Caterpillar features a caterpillar who eats his way through a wide variety of food before pupating and emerging as a butterfly. The winner of many children’s literature awards and a major graphic design award, it has sold almost 50 million copies worldwide. It has been described as having sold the […]

“How to Catch a Snowman” and Make a Paper Strip Snowman

Creative Wednesdays This week read How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton to the children and make a paper chain snowman I found it at buggyandbuddy.com. How to Catch a Snowman is a picture book that speaks from the perspective of a snowman as children try to catch him. Unlike other […]

10 Valentine’s Day Books for Early Learners

Weekly Trip to the Library Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day books at a variety of reading levels for preschoolers to second graders. Why are they my favorite books? Because these are my Nanny Kids’ favorite books. Pick the appropriate books depending on your Nanny Kid’s level of reading. The child will enjoy […]

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King

Weekly Trip to the Library In honor of Black History Month I highly recommend reading Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race with your Nanny Kids. It is inspiring for girls and boys and children of every race and culture specifically written for children ages four- to eight-years-old. Hidden […]

All the Little Snowflakes by Cindy Jin

Weekly Trip to the Library All the Little Snowflakes celebrates winter in this rhyming board book featuring die-cut snowflakes on every page! It is a wintry celebration full of snow and all things that sparkle, this novelty board book reminds us that everyone is one of a kind -— just like each special snowflake that […]

The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino and John Nelson

Weekly Trip to the Library The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder answers questions we all want answered such as how do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered inside this exploration of the science of snow, featuring photos of […]

10 Children’s Books About the Pandemic

Weekly Trip to the Library Tonight, Tuesday, January 12 I will be discussing children’s books with Rebecca Pearcy for the US Nanny Association. Below is a reference sheet that will be mentioned in the discussion about children’s books that discuss the pandemic. There are actually dozens of great books discussing everything about the pandemic from […]