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!

To teach my littles…

I was recently reading an article about what a mother would teach her daughter. So, it got me thinking… What are the top 50 things that I want to teach the children in my life?

  1. Laughter is the best medicine
  2. But that doesn’t mean tears don’t heal too
  3. Being right is good, being kind is necessary
  4. Find beauty in the everyday things
  5. Quirks are imperfections…
  6. …Imperfections are what make you who you are…
  7. …Who you are is beautiful!
  8. Honesty really is the best policy, and it means you have less lies to remember
  9. Compassion is never weakness, it is strength
  10. Chocolate will not fix all your problems, but it’s not your enemy
  11. Food is not just to keep you alive, it is okay to enjoy it!
  12. Don’t bite your nails, or pick your lip, or eat your hair. It’s just not going to help.
  13. Find how you love to exercise, and do it!
  14. Drink tea, lots of it!
  15. Have faith… don’t be afraid to believe.
  16. There are such thing as absolutes.
  17. Remember to apologize
  18. Admit when you are wrong
  19. Smile! Smile so much you confuse people.
  20. Love with all your heart
  21. Encourage others as much as you can
  22. Learn to cook
  23. Sewing does get easier with practice
  24. Know how to do your own laundry
  25. Volunteer for things
  26. Help others
  27. Save your money
  28. Buy quality over quantity
  29. Learn new words, as often as possible!
  30. Never be afraid to be intelligent
  31. Listen to others… REALLY listen.
  32. Read. Read as much as you can!
  33. Smell the flowers
  34. Stick you feet in the ocean when you have the chance
  35. Learn about the world
  36. Learn about the world by traveling it as much as you can
  37. Just because you were raised in one culture does not make that culture the best
  38. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, it is inside everywhere. Look for it.
  39. Take care of the things you cannot replace
  40. The most expensive outfit you will wear is your graduation cap and gown, and it’s worth it.
  41. Express yourself! Write, paint, draw, CREATE!
  42. Being yourself is the best choice
  43. Have integrity
  44. And loyalty
  45. Take pictures, but live the moment too.
  46. Fair does not mean just, and just is the better option
  47. Find what you love to do, find how to do it
  48. Read fairy tales. Never stop reading them…
  49. Take time to gaze at the stars
  50. Use your imagination