Saturday, May 11, 2013

National Babysitter's Day: Books with Babysitting

It's National Babysitter's Day! I feel like babysitting is something many teens do, and something many parents depend on. Here are some books about babysitting.


The Babysitter Murders by Janet Ruth Young. Dani has undiagnosed OCD. Sometimes, when she gets a thought, she can't shake it, can't make it leave her alone. This is what happens when she starts getting visions of killing the boy she babysits for and adores. Her obsession with this makes her feel like a threat. She confesses these feelings to get help, but becomes the target of a town's fear and hate.

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff. LeVaughn's entire life has been about keeping up the grades she'll need to get to college and trying to make the money for tuition. She gets a job baby-sitting for Jolly, a 17-year-old dropout with two kids. But when Jolly can't pay her, LeVaughn stays, against her better judgement.

The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz. In this gossipy series, three girls become au pairs for the summer in the Hamptons. By day they watch the kids of the super-rich, and by night they party with the super-elite. The second in the series is Crazy Hot.


Don't Sit On the Baby!: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled, and Safe Babysitting by Halley Bondy. This book gives the basics-- from how to land a job, what to expect from kids of different ages, how to handle different situations and emergencies, and everything else you need to know.

The Revenge of the Baby-Sat by Bill Watterson. One of Calvin's many arch-nemesis is Rosalyn, the babysitter who shows no fear of his shenanigans. I'm always reordering Calvin and Hobbes books for my teen section-- they're still insanely popular although today's teens didn't grow up reading it in the paper.

Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Steve Rolston. All of Emiko's friends are at camp and she's spending the summer watching the drooly baby of an all-American picture-perfect couple. The only excitement in town is Freak Show, even though Emiko is too normal for it. But when she finds the diary of the woman she's working for, she suddenly has some performance material and discovers that picture-perfect appearances can hide a lot of secrets.


The Manny by Sarah L. Thomson. Justin's spending the summer as a manny (male nanny) in the Hamptons. Not only can he earn some money, but it's a target-rich environment--most nannys are girls, and caring for children will let them see how caring and sensitive he is. But, while Justin is a good manny, he's not that smooth with the ladies. No longer in print, this one is still available at many libraries.

The Turning by Francine Prose. In this retelling of The Turning of the Screw, Jack is spending the summer on an isolated island (so, not internet or cell service) babysitting two orphans, only to find that the place is haunted by the previous nanny and her lover.

The Babysitter's Survival Guide: Fun Games, Cool Crafts, and How to Be the Best Babysitter in Town by Jill D. Chasse and Jessica Secherat. This book covers all the basics and more. Dr. Chasse is a child development expert and conveys that knowledge in an easy-to-understand manner and has great ideas for developmentally appropriate activities and issues at each age group. This book also covers issues that arise when caring for children with special needs.

What are your favorite babysitting books?

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