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Nannies: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about nannies?

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

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. 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.

When it comes to children’s stories about nannies, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Emma Dilemma and the Camping Nanny to popular sellers like Mary Poppins Comes Back.

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

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Mary Poppins
Written by Amy Novesky and P. L. Travers & illustrated by Geneviève Godbout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Based on the original 1934 novel by P. L. Travers with beautiful illustrations by Genevieve Godbout, this collectable picture book is sure to become a favorite of Mary Poppins fans old and new. When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins over Cherry Tree Lane and into the lives of the Banks children, nothing is ever the same! This picture book adaptation of the original novel is full of Mary’s unique brand of whimsical adventure: There’s a tea party on the ceiling, a visit to the night zoo, and a trip to a mysterious shop that sells stars. Told in a lyrical text with fresh yet timeless art by Genevieve Godbout, this version of Mary Poppins is perfect for reading aloud. Young and old, longtime friends of Mary, and those meeting her for the first time, will revel in this colorfully illustrated version of the story that inspired the image of the beloved nanny of page, stage, and screen.

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Mr. Elephanter
Written & illustrated by Lark Pien
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Come visit the Elephantery, where Mr. Elephanter looks after the peppy elephanties! A charming, quirky picture book debut by an acclaimed cartoonist.

Early every morning, Mr. Elephanter arrives at the Elephantery to care for his diminutive charges, who greet him with toots and trumpets. There are hugs and hellos all around! They all eat pancakes, paddle and splash in the neighborhood pool, and parade through the bustling city. After naps, Mr. Elephanter pretends he’s a tunnel, tower, and bridge, while the elephanties play all around him. In fresh watercolors exuding warmth and whimsy, Lark Pien introduces the doting Mr. Elephanter — and the most adorable miniature creatures you’ll ever meet.

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Nanny Piggins and the Pursuit of Justice
Written by R. A. Spratt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Justice served with extra chocolate sauce <BR> Nanny Piggins gets in trouble with the law after some illicit tight rope walking, and is sentenced to 5000 hours community service. But she isn’t the type of pig to take her punishment lying down, not when there are old people to rescue, pirates to impersonate, and a great big bus to borrow.

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Nanny Piggins and the Rival Ringmaster
Written by R. A. Spratt
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The most dangerous pig ever to put on a leotard <BR> In book five of her enthralling adventures, Nanny Piggins discovers some startling truths about the ruthless Ringmaster, provides counseling to a Molavadinian princess with pre-wedding jitters, inadvertently wins a Nobel Prize while impersonating her sister, and catches up with her favorite four-ton friend, Esmeralda the forgetful elephant.

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Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off
Written by R. A. Spratt
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Recommend Ages: 9-12
In space, no one can hear you oink!
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  • Nanny Piggins and the Daring Rescue - Never fear, Nanny Piggins is here! <BR> When Mr. Green calls from a tropical island, begging to be rescued, Nanny Piggins’ first instinct is to say no. However, a principle is at stake. No one kidnaps her employer at least not without written permission from her. So Nanny Piggins sets out to save the hapless tax lawyer, and to do so she must first dabble in a spot of bungee jumping, deceive immigration officials wearing a fake mustache, and seduce the President with her most powerful weapon the dance of the seven cakes.”

  • Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion - A flying pig's job is never done...

  • Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan - The world's most fabulous nanny pig is back in this side-splitting sequel to The Adventures of Nanny Piggins!

  • Adventures of Nanny Piggins - Three children and their hilariously subversive nanny pig embark on zany adventures in this award-winning middle grade debut illustrated by Caldecott winnter Dan Santat.

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Mary Poppins in the Park
Written by & illustrated by Mary Shepard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

By P.L. Travers, the author featured in the major motion picture, <i>Saving Mr. Banks</i>. <p/> From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. This classic series tells the story of the world’s most beloved nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes. Featuring the charming original cover art by Mary Shepard, these new editions are sure to delight readers of all ages. <p/> Only the incomparable Mary Poppins can lead the Banks children on one marvelous adventure after another. Together they meet the Goosegirl and the Swineherd, argue with talking cats on a distant planet, make the acquaintance of the folks who live under dandelions, and celebrate a birthday by dancing with their own shadows. And that’s just for starters!

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Mary Poppins Opens the Door
Written by & illustrated by Mary Shepard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Mary Poppins returns, falling from the sky like a shooting star! Soon Mary and the kids are off on a new round of marvelous adventures. A visit to Mr. Twigley’s music box-filled attic, an encounter with the Marble Boy, a ride on Miss Calico’s enchanted candy canes–all part of an average day out with the world’s most beloved nanny.<br>

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Mary Poppins Comes Back
Written by & illustrated by Mary Shepard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Pulled down from the clouds at the end of a kite string, Mary Poppins is back. In Mary’s care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr. Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons.<br>

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Emma Dilemma and the Camping Nanny
Written by Patricia Hermes & illustrated by Abby Carter
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Nine-year-old Emma O’Fallon finds herself in increasing difficulties at home and at school as her determined efforts to break up the growing attachment between Annie, the Irish nanny, and Bo, her boyfriend, cause chaos on a family camping trip and Emma’srelationship with her best friend Luisa seems to be going from bad to worse.

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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Written by Lynne Jonell & illustrated by Jonathan Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Emmy was a good girl. At least she tried very hard to be good. She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days.

She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . .

Hilarious, inventive, and irresistably rodent-friendly, Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat is a fantastic first novel from acclaimed picture book author Lynne Jonell.

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