The Nanny Diaries | Star Stories

Tuesday, 07.06.2016 at 04:42PM

star stories

Children’s Stories and ‘Star Stories’

Many Nannies (and I am sure Mummies, Daddies and Grandparents too!) find themselves often reading the same book again and again with the children in their care.

Which ones do you enjoy most?

One that many will have heard of, which I discovered for the first time whilst nannying in London earlier this year is ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt.

It is a good book for discussing feelings with your charges whilst naturally using different voices for each colour crayon to add to the enjoyment for your nanny-children.

When working with older children, I often encourage them to write their own stories. Naturally, younger children can put together / create their own stories perhaps with the use of flashcards.

Star Stories is a company that I have used on many occasions and must give a mention.

I know, I know, you're reading this perhaps thinking ‘uh oh’, we own so many books already, we don’t need any more suggestions…

Ah, but Star Stories are not just ‘any’ kind of story…

Star Stories are fantastic as they are personalised – they often include the child’s name, age, location, their friends and family members, names too…

Why should you get one for your child or your charge?

Well, if you are caring for a reluctant reader, what can be more exciting than a story with their name in and as the case often is with Star Stories, tailored to their interest – be that football, or princesses!

They make for perfect presents, perhaps if you are leaving a nanny role or celebrating your charge's birthday. However, I do suggest ordering in plenty of time.

If you don’t fancy buying a book from Star Stories, how about making your own story with your charges – you could make it into a big art project and include photos of their family members and friends.

If you are working with bilingual or even trilingual children and fancy a challenge, how about ‘making’ or ‘writing’ a book in two or three languages?

The opportunities are endless :)