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Resources & Reviews

  • Who is Tina Huggins?

    If you want to know more about my life and the why and how of creating a children's book - The Nodders What! You Don't Want to Nap? The Style BookB...
  • News Release: Lifelong Educator and GrandMom Shares the Secret to Getting Children to Nap with Whimsical Picture Book

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 21, 2020 — Little ones having trouble settling infor that much-needed afternoon nap? The truth is everyone could benefit ...
  • Child Refuses to Nap?

    Are you a parent, grandparent or caregiver of a child who doesn't want to take a nap? I know just how you feel. My three children were each twenty months apart from one another; there was always one who didn't want to nap. Just when one would get to sleep, another one would wake up when the dog barked or the phone rang.

    In the beginning, I found naptime to be the most challenging time of the day. I would wake in the morning and plan my day around naptime, how about you? Oh, the things I dreamed I would get done on my list; and you know what they say about best-laid plans. That's right, they often didn't happen when I had three toddlers.

  • How to make your NapPouch from the book's dust jacket!

  • Why are rhyming books important?

    The Nodders ~ Why are rhyming books important?  "Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhym...
  • Q&A with Tina Huggins, Author of The Nodders

     

    This whimsical story introduces the Nodders, magical creatures who leave special treats for Nappers while they snooze!

     

  • How did you come up with the name "The Nodders"?

    Writing a book has so many elements that need to be considered. For years, I had wanted to write this napping story. I had the concept in my mind, ...
  • Teaching Toddlers about Colors, Objects and Shapes with The Nodders

    Don't just read it once...read it over and over with your little ones in your lap. Ask them to show you the bunny in the field or the fish in the pond. For older children you can have them count the fish in the pond, or tell you the shapes that are on the Nodders pajamas! They will have a delightful time engaging with you while learning.
  • Book Reviews and Endorsements

    Booklife/Publishers Weekly Review

    There are no shortage of “go to sleep” books for kids (and adults), and The Nodders succeeds in differentiating itself with its highly original concept —and by focusing on naps. Even so, it could easily be read as a good night book as well. These charming beings will likely work their way into kids’ hearts, and will certainly be welcome in a caregiver’s arsenal when it comes to nudging children toward sleep.

    Takeaway: A picture book alive with whimsy and enchantment, The Nodders is crafted to charm little ones into napping.

    Great for fans of: Il Sung Na’s A Book of Sleep, Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama, Divya Srinivasan’s Little Owl’s Night.

  • Keep it Simple with Healthy Store Bought Snacks

    There are so many options for Nodder Snacks that will fit in a child's small NapPouch. Remember it is not about quantity, but a small reward for taking a nap!
  • Napping Helps Preschoolers Unlock Their Full Potential for Learning

    Not only is napping key to early education objectives, it is central to the emotional and cognitive development of young children.
  • How many hours should my child sleep on a daily basis?

    Naps allow you, the parent, or a caregiver, to take a break during the day.  It also gives you your time back to tackle household chores or just t...