Hey everyone! As the temperature drops this Fall, so does the amount of time your NK’s (nanny kids) can spend outside.
Finding fun activities to keep everyone busy during the coldest time of the year can be stressful, but I personally think the Fall is a great time to read, read, and read some more to your kiddos!
My NK, Jack, is about 19 months (a little over a year and a half) and he loves books, so I thought it may be helpful to share my top 5 favorite children’s books with all you nannies out there going stir-crazy in the house!
Wherever You Are (my love will find you) by Nancy Tillman
This book always pulls on my heart strings and makes me wish I had my own babies to read this to! Wherever You Are (my love will find you) is about how a mother’s love will follow her children wherever they go.
Tillman expresses that a mother’s love is unending and has no limitations or conditions. A mother will love her child no matter how big they get and no matter how much trouble they get into. That’s just the way it is!
Here’s a look at my favorite page of the entire book:
I assure you this book will melt your heart every single time you read it and the nice thing about it is that it’s relevant no matter how old your kids are!
Bonus: If you’re already in love with this author, you should also check out her book: I’d Know You Anywhere (MY LOVE).
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
If you’re a nanny to young kids, you absolutely need to know about this book! I’m referencing the original book Little Blue Truck, but they’ve made numerous spin-off books based on the Blue Truck character, such as Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, Little Blue Truck Springtime, and Little Blue Truck Halloween!
Little Blue Truck follows the adventures of a little blue truck who is very friendly and kind. Most of these books focus on providing moral lessons to children, such as taking turns, lending a helping hand, and being kind to others even if they aren’t kind to you. I think the fact that this book always rhymes makes it even more entertaining!
Here’s a photo of one of the pages from this book to give you an idea of the illustrations and overall tone of the book:
In this specific instance, a big truck that wasn’t very friendly got stuck in the mud and Blue was selfless and helpful by trying to help him despite the big truck’s bad attitude. Blue can’t manage to get the truck free on his own and ends up getting stuck, himself, so his friends come to the rescue and free both trucks! It’s a great lesson about good friends, being kind, and doing the right thing.
Just You and Me by Alice King
This book is so sweet and fun. Just You and Me is about Big Bear visiting Little Bear in his arctic home and the many adventures they have together! It’s another rhyming book, which already makes it fun. I really love how the author chose such fun activities for the bears to do. To boot, the illustrations are amazing and captivating, especially for the kids.
Here’s a look at my favorite pages of the book:
Once you read this book once, you’ll realize you like it as much as the kids, if not more! Plus it’s perfect for Winter, which will be here before we know it!
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
I’ve loved this book since the first time I read it. The message it sends is just fantastic and the colors and pictures are so whimsical! It makes the reading experience enjoyable for you and your NK.
Another great thing about Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is that it’s not just a little kid book, it’s great (and maybe even best) for kids that are older and have more of an attention-span. After all, this book is pretty long!
I want to share my favorite series of pages for this book because I couldn’t just pick one!
Notice the images here and how they bring such an adult message down to a child’s knowledge and understanding level. It’s genius, in my opinion!
Bonus: One of my old NF’s (Nanny Families) actually had their youngest son’s nursery done in accordance with the theme of this book. She took pages from the book and framed them to use on the wall! How cool is that? So, if you’re looking for a unique nursery idea, there you go!
If I Could Keep You Little… by Marianne Richmond
This is the classic tale of a momma who does not want her baby to grow up, but realizes that she has to so that her child can grow up and reach his/her full potential! If I Could Keep You Little takes you step-by-step through milestones of a child’s life and how hard it is for the mother to see her baby grow so much, so fast.
Here are the first and last pages of the book for you to see how the storyline progresses:
I like how the author uses such child-like illustrations to tell the story and how she uses colored text to emphasize certain parts of the book! Overall, this is a very sweet book that may be more for you moms and caregivers than the kids. (:
Snuggle down with your little ones and read them these books!
Kids grow up so fast, so stop and enjoy quality time with your littles this Fall. Make sure to read them lots of books! They’ll be grown up before you know it.
Nannies/Mommies out there, what are your favorite children’s books? I’m always looking for new books to get Jack, so please share your suggestions in the comments!
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