Best Au Pair Books to Read Before You Become an Au Pair Yourself

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I’m heading to New Zealand in January to become an au pair, like I mentioned in my latest post about questions to ask a potential au pair host family. Being the armchair adventurer that I am, I’ve read a few great books about au pairs out of curiosity. Today, I’m sharing the best au pair books with you all.

While this will technically be my first experience as an au pair, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the concept from the moment I knew what those two elusive French words meant.

I think there might have been a 90’s made-for-tv movie that taught me something about the matter too. Anyone else remember that?

To put it simply, an au pair is a foreign nanny. Sometimes, they are part-time nannies who also attend school or language lessons.

This particular au pair loves to read about her adventures before she takes them. Therefore, I’ve read quite a few au pair books and books with au pairs as characters.

Surprisingly, there are a lot of au pair books and books about au pairs circulating the stacks.

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Best Au Pair Books to Read Before You Become an Au Pair Yourself

Here are the best books to read before being an au pair.

Au Paris by Rachel Spencer This hilarious memoir is exactly what any future au pair dreams of. Rachel leaves her corporate job in Houston, Texas only to find sheer chaos in her new role as an au pair in Paris.

The Au Pair by Emma Rous The latest in au pair books, this 2018 release is eerie and filled with mystery.  It’s historical fiction with a dark twist.

The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz I like a lot of de la Cruz’s books and while this isn’t my favorite, it is a great guilty pleasure book about au pairs. It follows three girls with three different motivations for wanting to be in the Hamptons for the summer. If you like the first book, don’t worry! She wrote four more in the Au Pair series.

Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson Part Eloise and Part Where’d You Go Bernadette. It makes a great audiobook as this au pair book has won a few audio awards.

The Country Life: A Novel by Rachel Cusk Think au pair in Downton Abbey for this one. A subtle novel that is part calamity and part charm.

Rock Your Au Pair Year by Melanie Josephine This is a full-fledged how-to guide to being an au pair, so don’t purchase this one if you’re the armchair traveler type. If you’re serious about becoming an au pair, this is a good place to get first-hand experience without suffering through the awkward situations yourself.

The Pleasing Hour by Lily King This is highbrow fiction’s answer to an au pair book. It sounds a lot like many others. American goes to Paris. This time, said American gets in over her head in a web of drama and family secrets.

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