Best Au Pair Books
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. To put it simply, an au pair is a foreign nanny. Sometimes, they are part-time nannies who also attend school or language lessons. I’ve been a babysitter and live-out nanny all throughout college, but I’ve never lived with the families I’ve supported so this definitely will be a new adventure.
New Zealand offers working holiday visas to Americans, which makes it an easy place to be an au pair abroad. I’ll work about 30 hours (3 half days and 2 full days) each week. I’ll be living in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the country. Hopefully, I’ll be regalling you with tales of epic treks around the south island soon.
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. Have you read any of them?
Best Au Pair Books To Read Before You Become an Au Pair
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Many au pair books are set in Paris, for good reason as it’s where the au pair tradition originates. 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 latest in au pair books, this 2018 release and 2020 paperback release is eerie and filled with mystery. It’s historical fiction with a dark twist. Not recommended if you’re feeling anxious about your au pair experience, but one of the best books with an au pair character.
I like a lot of Melissa de la Cruz’s books and while this isn’t my favorite of hers, 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.
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.
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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Best Au Pair Books to Read Before You Become an Au Pair Yourself
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. https://amzn.to/2yFZOkK
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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