A Rainy Day in Brooklyn…

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I love the days when it rains. When there is no reason to leave the house. When the downpour hits the window to create an ambiance in the house. There’s a magical essence to the days when the rain falls. The glittering droplets wash the world, and the sounds still the soul. While the sun brings energy in life, the rain brings a peace to life. It reminds me that while growth takes exercise, work, an effort some pieces of growing require a slower approach. Some growth asks for sleep, for rest, for reading.

There’s a certain amount of creation associated with the rain. As a nanny it’s easy to figure out what to do on sunny days. Bubbles outside, running in the park, walking along the streets for some fresh air. When it rains we have to think a little harder. We build forts, we draw, we create. We read aloud from books with no pictures so little minds can create what they hear and see. We fight dragons from under the bed and climb Kilimanjaro in the kitchen. Rainy days create an environment for imagination.

So smile on this rainy day. Embrace the opportunity. Create your own sunshine today…

International Children’s Book Day

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I have to say, I LOVE Children’s books. I may be a Nanny now, but I began my “professional” life working in a library. My love for all things literary continues to revel in the joy found in children’s books. So of course, I am going to take International Children’s Book Day to tell you about my current five favorite children’s books.

1) Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

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This book is an absolute classic! I have adored Madeline’s spunk since the first day I read it. Since that day I have read it so many times that I can recite the majority of the book! The art is stunning too!

2) Journey by Aaron Becker

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This book is all about the illustrations. If you want a story to ignite the imagination of a child, touch the heart of an adult, and add beauty to your collection you absolutely have to get this one. And if you need any convincing to add this book to your library, here is an AMAZING trailer about how the book was made.

3) Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

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This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I just can’t resist making voices and faces as I read it aloud to the children in my life who will listen.

4) Oliver by Brigitta Sif

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This book is new to me. I actually found in online through an Instagram account, and I absolutely love it. The story is touching, teaching kids that everyone has a little bit of quirk, and it makes you who you are. Revel in it! Brigitta Sif also has amazing prints in her Etsy account, I would love to be able to add one to my house one day! For now I will settle for having her amazing illistrations in Oliver.

5) Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

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I love this book because I was this bunny. This bunny sees the world as a child, and it’s a beautiful view. Any kid you read this to will love to hear the story, and you will too!