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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to babysitting. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about babysitting.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about babysitting, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie to popular sellers like Kristy’s Great Idea to some of our favorite hidden gems like Absolutely Almost.

We hope this list of kids books about babysitting can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Top 10 Books About Babysitting

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Our Favorite Day
Written & illustrated by Joowon Oh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Charmingly detailed illustrations help tell a touching tale of the bond between grandparent and grandchild in a quiet yet powerful debut. “Thursdays are my favorite days.” “Mine, too.” Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there’s one day each week that is extra special. That’s the day he might visit the craft store, get two orders of dumplings to go, and possibly pick some flowers he sees along the path. With its spare text and wonderfully warm watercolor and cut-paper illustrations just begging to be pored over, Joowon Oh’s tale of the singular love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader.

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Absolutely Almost
Written by Lisa Graff
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, most athletic, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself. Simultaneous eBook.

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Good Night, Sleep Tight
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Judy Horacek
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

In this book with rhyming text, Bonnie and Ben’s favorite babysitter reads them nursery rhymes before putting them to bed.

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The Magic Word
Written by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Elise Parsley
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A hilarious take on what a magic word really is from Mac Barnett, the award-winning, bestselling author of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, and Elise Parsley, the bestselling author/illustrator of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! and If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! When Paxton C. Heymeyer’s babysitter tells him to say the magic word, she could never have imagined that what would happen next would be a walrus chasing her, an elephant in the living room playing cards, and a full water park and moat in the front yard. And that’s just the beginning…

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Good Dog, Carl
Written & illustrated by Alexandra Day
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world.

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How to Babysit a Grandma
Written by Jean Reagan & illustrated by Lee Wildish
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandkids in this delightful book that puts the kids in charge of taking care of Grandma…if just for one day.

A New York Times Bestseller

When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleepover at her house! And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time. (Be sure to check out the sections on: How to keep a grandma busy; Things to do at the park; Possible places to sleep, and what to do once you’re both tucked in for the night.)

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How to Babysit a Grandpa
Written by Jean Reagan & illustrated by Lee Wildish
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

A New York Times bestselling picture book—from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO… series—about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

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The 91-Story Treehouse
Written by Andy Griffiths & illustrated by Terry Denton
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Recommend Ages: 6-10

New York Times-bestselling team Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton invite readers to come hang out with them in their 91-Story Treehouse—the seventh book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with Andy and Terry’s signature slapstick humor!

Andy and Terry live in a 91-story treehouse. (It used to be a 78-story treehouse, but they keep getting ideas for new stories!) It has a submarine sandwich shop that serves sandwiches the size of actual submarines, an air-traffic control tower, a human pinball machine, a spin-and-win prize wheel, a giant spider web—with a giant spider!— and a big red button, which they’re not sure whether to push or not because they can’t remember what it does.

Good thing there’s so many fun things to do in the treehouse, because Andy and Terry get stuck babysitting Mr. Big Nose’s three grandchildren for the day.

After all, how much trouble could they possibly get into in just one day?

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How to Babysit a Grandma
Written by Jean Reagan & illustrated by Lee Wildish
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Recommend Ages: 2-8

Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandkids in this delightful book that puts the kids in charge of taking care of Grandma…if just for one day.

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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
Written by Julie Sternberg & illustrated by Matthew Cordell
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

When nine-year-old Eleanor’s beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.

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Absolutely Almost
Written by Lisa Graff
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, most athletic, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself. Simultaneous eBook.

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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
Written by Julie Sternberg & illustrated by Matthew Cordell
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

When nine-year-old Eleanor’s beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.

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Big Book of the Berenstain Bears
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' First Time Books(R) are all about new experiences children encounter in their early years. With good-natured wisdom, love, and gentle humor, these books ease the way for kids - and their parents - through these first times. Collected in this treasury are: The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, The Berestain Bears in the Dark, The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter, and The Berenstain Bears' New Baby.

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  1. Berenstain Bears and the Sitter - Left with a babysitter for the first time, Brother and Sister Bear are<BR>certain they won’t like her. But with her bag of tricks and comforting way of<BR>tucking them in, Mrs. Grizzle wins them over.

  2. Royal Crown: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - It’s the first coronation of a female monarch of Genovia in 200 years, and Her Royal Highness, Princess Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison, is giving you the inside scoop in this newest (illustrated!) diary from New York Times—bestselling author and illustrator Meg Cabot! Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison should be having fun. Her best friend is visiting from America, her sister’s royal coronation is only three days away (the first coronation of a female ruler in two centuries), and she’s even got a new boyfriend who is actually a very smart and charming prince! But it’s hard to celebrate when her royal cousins are scheming to take over the throne. And with everyone running around, Olivia and her friends have been saddled with royal babysitting duties. Then, to make matters worse, Olivia’s snobby cousin Luisa insists on gossiping about her, especially about things that should be personal . . . it’s none of her business whether Prince Khalil and Olivia have kissed or not! When did growing up royal get so complicated?!?

  3. Mya’s Strategy to Save the World - Twelve-year-old Mya Parsons could save the world and organize her family, if only she had her own cell phone. A Dork Diaries for today’s socially conscious young readers. Mya Parsons runs her school’s social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her more immediate desire is to get a phone, preferably one like Cleo’s, with a leopard-print case to match. When her distracted dad and her long-distance mom (temporarily in Myanmar taking care of Mya’s grandmother) both say no, no way, and possibly never, Mya launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving. She advertises her babysitting services, takes on more responsibility around the house, and attempts to supervise her sister’s skateboarding lessons. Her efforts leave her ego bruised and the kitchen slightly scorched. She’s no closer to touch-screen victory, let alone the Nobel Peace Prize she deserves. But all that changes after an accident leaves Mya to take charge–an experience which helps her realize how much she’s grown, with or without access to proper communications.

  4. Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie - Lucky for Sophie and Chloe, Grandma Tillie knows how to royally entertain her grandchildren. To their delight, whenever Grandma Tillie babysits, she seems to disappear, only to be replaced by a parade of lovable characters. There’s Tillie Vanilly with the bright pink hair, star of The Tillie Vanilly Show, who loves to tell jokes and dance the conga; Chef Silly Tillie with the lampshade hat who offers up a dinner of Worm Chili with Glue Gravy; and Madame Frilly Tillie with the sparkly eyeglasses and towel turban, the world’s most creative bath-bubble stylist. Sophie and Chloe wonder who will appear to tuck them into bed: Hiker Hilly Tillie, Explorer Chilly Tillie, or Zoo-lady Gorilly Tillie? To their surprise, it’s the best character of all—just plain Grandma Tillie.

Books About Babysitting and Girls And Women

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How to Babysit a Grandma
Written by Jean Reagan & illustrated by Lee Wildish
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandkids in this delightful book that puts the kids in charge of taking care of Grandma…if just for one day.

A New York Times Bestseller

When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleepover at her house! And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time. (Be sure to check out the sections on: How to keep a grandma busy; Things to do at the park; Possible places to sleep, and what to do once you’re both tucked in for the night.)

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How to Babysit a Grandma
Written by Jean Reagan & illustrated by Lee Wildish
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Recommend Ages: 2-8

Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandkids in this delightful book that puts the kids in charge of taking care of Grandma…if just for one day.

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Babysitting Nightmares: The Phantom Hour
Written by Kat Shepherd
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

The supernatural never sleeps in the second book of this spooky middle grade series! Clio has already had one brush with the paranormal, and she’s dead set on making it her last. But her new babysitting job is in a haunted house! At first, Clio’s excited to work at the historical Victorian mansion in town—until doors start closing behind her, objects move on their own, and messages appear from beyond the grave. Clio enlists the help of her three best friends, Tanya, Maggie, and Rebecca, to uncover long-buried secrets from the past. Can Clio face her fear and solve the mystery of the haunted mansion?

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  1. Mini Sweets - Join the Candy Fairies for one last delicious adventure in this final book of the Candy Fairies series. The latest sugartastic story brings a new baby to the Candy Kingdom. Princess Mini is Princess Lolli and Prince Scoop’s new baby, and Berry the Fruit Fairy is the lucky one who’s been watching over her. But the littlest candy fairy has cocoa fever, an illness that wrecks havoc on Sugar Valley! Can Berry figure out a way to save the royal day?

  2. Babysitting Nightmares: The Twilight Curse - The Baby-Sitters Club meets Goosebumps in the third book of this series about a group of girls who face down supernatural threats on their babysitting gigs. Anchored by a strong friendship between smart, savvy girls, this fun adventure story is filled with “safe scary” jump scares that will appeal to contemporary readers as well as fans of mysteries. When the town’s old movie palace is converted into a theater, Maggie is thrilled to get a job helping with the first production. She may just be babysitting the director’s kids, but Maggie is determined to learn everything she can about acting. Unfortunately, a devilish ghoul seems to have other plans for the performance! It’s up to Maggie and her three best friends to vanquish the threat in time for opening night.

Books About Babysitting and Coming Of Age

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Boy-Crazy Stacey
Written by Ann M. Martin
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Recommend Ages: 8-11
A brand-new graphic novel adapted by USA Today bestselling author Gale Galligan!
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Mary Anne Saves the Day: Full-Color Edition (the Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #3) (Revised, Full Color)
Written by Ann M. Martin & illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
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Recommend Ages: 8-11

When The Baby-sitters Club gets into a huge fight, Mary Anne is left to her own devices. She has to eat by herself in the school cafeteria, figure out how to make new friends, and deal with her overprotective father. But the worst happens when she finds herself in a baby-sitting emergency and can’t turn to her friends for help. Will Mary Anne solve her problems <i>and</i> save The Baby-sitters Club from falling apart?<br></br><br></br>Raina Telgemeier, using the signature style featured in her acclaimed graphic novels <i>Smile</i> and <i>Sisters</i>, perfectly captures all the drama and humor of the original novel!

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The Truth about Stacey
Written by Ann M. Martin & illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends – Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they’re the BSC – and they will deal with whatever’s thrown their way… even if it’s a rival baby-sitting club! <p/>Raina Telgemeier, in the same signature style featured in <i>Smile</i> and <i>Sisters</i>, perfectly captures all the drama and humor of the original novel!

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  1. Kristy's Great Idea - This graphic novel adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, is now available in full color!

  2. Miss Impossible - Babysitting? More like bully-sitting, when Malia, Dot, and Bree get a much older--and scarier--client than they expected. But looks can be deceiving in this LOL-worthy third book in the Best Babysitters Ever series, perfect for fans of Rachel Vail and Sarah Mlynowski.

  3. Kristy's Great Idea - America's favorite series returns with a new look and a Netflix tv show.

  4. Truth about Stacey (the Baby-Sitters Club, 3), 3 - America’s favorite series returns with a new look and a Netflix tv show. <p></p>The truth about Stacey is that she has diabetes, a fact she keeps secret from everyone except her new friends in the Baby-sitters Club. But Stacey’s condition causes a lot of problems, and she has to miss a lot of BSC meetings. Can she find a solution before her new friends get sick of her disease?

Books About Babysitting and Babies

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Good Dog, Carl
Written & illustrated by Alexandra Day
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world.

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Stick Cat: Two Cats to the Rescue
Written by Tom Watson
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Recommend Ages: 8-11

Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the Stick Dog books, Tom Watson's hilarious series continues with Stick Cat: Two Cats to the Rescue--a backyard adventure involving a curious baby, two daring cats, and a pack of hungry pups!

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Stick Cat: Two Cats and a Baby
Written by Tom Watson
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Recommend Ages: 8-11

Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the Stick Dog books, Tom Watson's hilarious series continues with Stick Cat: Two Cats and a Baby--an adventure involving a new baby, an old grandma, and two daring cats!

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  1. Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow Hand - The Baby-Sitter’s Club meets Goosebumps as a diverse group of friends encounter supernatural problems on their babysitting gigs in this spooky new middle-grade series.

  2. That Bear Can't Babysit - When Mr. and Mrs. Burrow need a babysitter, they are not expecting Bear. But Bear is the only one who shows up, so Bear gets the job of babysitting seven little bunnies who are full of mischief. Together, the bunnies persuade Bear to read a scary book, give them chocolate for dinner, and go crazy with the garden hose! But when the bunnies find Bear sailing the high seas in a make-believe ship, suddenly he isn’t such a bad babysitter after all.

  3. Baby Sitter - The story of a young boy and his babysitter.

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Kristy's Big Day
Written by Ann M. Martin
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Kristy’s mom is getting married, and Kristy is going to be a bridesmaid! The only problem? <i>Fourteen</i> kids are coming to town for the wedding. Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, and Mallory think they can handle it, but that’s before they spend a week changing diapers, stopping arguments, solving mix-ups, and planning activities. It’s the biggest job the BSC has ever had, but they’ll work together to make sure Kristy’s big day is a success!

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Claudia and Mean Janine
Written by Ann M. Martin & illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
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Recommend Ages: 8-11

Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her artwork and The Baby-sitters Club than her homework, feels like she can’t compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, gets straight As, and even takes college-level courses! But when something unexpected happens to the most beloved person in their family, will the sisters be able to put aside their differences? <p/>Raina Telgemeier, using the signature style featured in her acclaimed graphic novels <i>Smile</i> and <i>Sisters</i>, perfectly captures all the drama and charm of the original novel!

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Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (the Baby-Sitters Club, 2) (Library Edition), 2
Written by Ann M. Martin
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

America’s favorite series returns with a new look and a Netflix tv show.<p></p>Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey try to be prepared for anything when they baby-sit. So when they hear about the Phantom Caller, a jewel thief who’s been breaking into nearby homes, they come up with a plan to keep their kids safe.But when Claudia and the other girls start receiving creepy phone calls while they’re out on jobs, they start to get really spooked. Will the mystery caller scare off the BSC?

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  1. Best Babysitters Ever - A funny new middle grade series about three 12-year-old best friends who start a babysitting club in their small California town. Perfect for fans of series like Whatever After and the Dork Diaries.

  2. Hello, Mallory - America’s favorite series returns with a new look and a Netflix tv show. Mallory Pike has always wanted to be a member of the Baby-sitters Club. The Baby-sitters are so much fun to be around, and so grown-up. Now the club members have invited Mallory to a meeting. This might be her big chance! But the Baby-sitters don’t make it easy. First Claudia makes Mal feel like a baby on her first official baby-sitting job. Then they give her a written test-with questions nobody could answer! Mallory’s beginning to think she doesn’t want to be part of the Baby-sitters Club. Maybe with her new friend Jessi she’ll start a club of her own… It’s time to show those Baby-sitters what a couple of new girls can do! The best friends you’ll ever have!

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