Ole GollyRead about another nanny on the list.
What’s not to love about Ole Golly? As the nanny for doggedly curious child spy Harriet M. Welsch, Ole Golly is stoic and seemingly unflappable (even when being fired by a livid Mrs. Welsch). Ole Golly encourages Harriet to pursue her interest in “remembering everything” and “knowing everything” by writing in notebooks. She also doesn’t shy away from calling attention to the young sleuth’s judgmental and headstrong tendencies, telling her, “There are as many ways to live in the world as there are people in it, and each one deserves a closer look.” This makes Ole Golly the perfect sounding board for Harriet, a girl who’s ready to take on the world.
Harriet the Spy is on Rebecca Stead's list of favorite classic American novels for children that may be overlooked outside of the US.