I read A LOT as a nanny. Sometimes I stumble upon a new amazing book and I add it to my list of must-haves for when I have my own children. But, sometimes I get to read some good oldies from when I was a child. Maybe one of the following books will remind you of your childhood favorites, or give you some new material to read before bedtime instead of reading “Goodnight Moon” over and over and over and over…
1. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Great book for bedtime or even nap time; has a melodic rhythm that is soothing. It uses trucks working in a construction site as a metaphor for kids who play tough but need to sleep so they can play again tomorrow.
2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
This is always a favorite! Fun ABC book with a catchy rhythm.
3. Giraffes Can’t Dance
What a wonderful book! Through a clumsy giraffe, this book teaches the importance of equity, acceptance, and being unique.
4. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
This books is so much fun because it uses onomatopoeia to create entertaining sounds that go along with the easy-to-follow movements in the story. As this family goes on a bear hunt, we get to imagine that we are also walking through the grass and wading through the river.
5. Goodnight Our World Series
This series is almost like a travel agent for different cities, states and countries as it takes you on a trip through that specific place before saying goodnight. It’s a great way to connect children with their own home and the places where family and friends live.
6. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs
This is just a silly book with colorful illustrations that kids love! It also has the added benefit of teaching opposites through dinosaurs.
7. The Book with No Pictures
This book is hilarious for children and adults! Written by B.J. Novak from The Office TV series, it has elements of comedy that no other children’s book has. With loud and abrupt noises, I’ve literally had children fall over laughing. A must read!
8. LMNO Peas
Keith Baker puts a new twist on teaching the alphabet through peas. Peas! How creative! It goes through hobbies, interests and careers that these little peas have to show how there are so many things the alphabet does.
9. I Wish You More
This is truly a beautiful book. Though it probably means more to the adult than the child, it’s such a wonderful illustration of how we wish the best for the people we love, especially our (nanny-)children.
10. Where’s Waldo
This is a different type of book from the previous ones mentioned since it’s not a storybook and is meant for older kids, but it’s definitely worth recommending. These books are great for practicing observation, sorting, and focus skills. They offer a challenge that most kids can’t turn down. Good luck finding Waldo in the crowds!
There are so many GREAT children’s books out there! For the sake of space, I chose to share 10 of my favorites, but you can find all of these books and more on Amazon*.
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