Classic American Books Your Child and Your Professional Au Pair Will Both Enjoy

November 28, 2016
Bedtime stories are universal – but the content of those stories depends a lot upon factors such as country of origin, culture, and language. For example, a child born in China might be read “The Runaway Bunny” while a child born in Australian might be read “Possum Magic.” Since this week marks the anniversary of the birthdays of three celebrated American authors – Louisa May Alcott (Nov 29th), Madeleine L’Engle (Nov 29th), and Mark Twain (Nov 30th) – we thought we’d share some suggestions for American books with stories that will appeal to children and professional au pairs alike!

Little Women: a classic American story following the life of the four March sisters – Meg, Joe, Beth and Amy – during the American Civil War. Louise May Alcott based the story in part on her own upbringing with her three sisters. Children will love following the adventures of the sisters and their neighbor Laurie, while au pairs will get a glimpse into the life of a family during the American Civil War.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: written in 1876, the novel focuses on Tom, young boy growing up in a small town along the Mississippi River, inspired by the town where Mark Twain lived. Children will love Tom’s cleverness, particularly when pitted against adults, while au pairs will appreciate the story line and settling in the American West.

A Wrinkle In Time: published in 1963, it tells the story of Meg, a young girl who, with her brilliant 6 year old brother, goes searching for their scientist father who’s goes missing after working on a mysterious project. Children and au pairs will both enjoy the Madeline L’Engle’s story of the battle of good vs. evil and the ultimate power of love.

From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: written by E. L. Konigsburg, it tells the story of Claudia Kincaid and her younger brother Jaime who run away from home to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Au pairs will enjoy the NYC settling while children will try to help Claudia and Jaime with the mystery of the angel statue.

Charlotte’s Web: a charming tale of a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte who strike up a friendship. This classic tale by E. B. White is as appealing to adults as children with its well-written passages and universal tale of friendship.