Story Behind The Book

Years ago, I was blessed to become a mom to three children whom I loved more than anything in the world. But as grateful as I was for my  children, I spent days feeling absolutely exhausted. They were incredibly active, and getting them to take a nap was always a battle. On a rather challenging day, I recalled when I was a little girl, and how MY mother  would put a shoe sock on the doorknob to my room, and tell me that the nap fairy would leave a treat inside it, if I took a nap. I remembered how  excited I was to fall asleep, knowing that when I woke up, there would be a treat waiting for me inside the sock. So, desperate for a solution, I decided to give it a try with my own kids, and wouldn’t you know…it worked like a charm!  

It was that experience that led me to write, “The Nodders, What! You  Don't Want to Nap?” a full-color, beautifully illustrated tale that inspires young children to look forward to nap-time. Within the book, children are introduced to furry little wee ones known as The Nodders, who love to  play and nap! Their ears with curlicue tuners pick up what children say, even "I don't want to nap". A grand plan was made to give Nodder treats to any child that went to sleep. With magic shoes whirling and tiny wings flapping a Nodder will peak in to see if a child's napping. Then out of the  pocket comes a small treat or treasure place in their very own NapPouch made from the book's dust jacket.  

Children will love identifying the many colors, animals, shapes and  objects that fill every page, making the book a fantastic learning tool. With this book, parents will be given the beautiful gift of some much  needed personal time while their child sleeps peacefully during the day. 

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Book Reviews

"I am buying this for everyone I know having a baby. We just went 2 days without a nap and she was exhausted. She cannot seem to shut her mind off. Seriously, I did not hear a peep. I have a few great trinkets that I keep, like a sticker. Anything becomes a treasure at this age.”


The Nodders shows how young children in imaginative ways are encouraged to nap using positive reinforcements.  The author creates a poetic story where the rhyming words flow easily in solving the problem of getting children to rest.  

Brian Schmidt’s illustrations are whimsical and colorful and do an excellent job in bringing the story to life.  Since pictures support the beginning reading process, the visual and verbal expressions are easy to understand making the The Nodders a fun book.  Possessing a treasure pouch is anothergood incentive to support a child’s quiet time.

Sandy Stringfellow, retired educator of intellectually gifted and talented children

The Nodders is sure to make the most recalcitrant napper shut their eyes in rest. A sweet tale of creatures who wake when little ones are sleeping. Only then can they jump up and slip rewards into a special NapPouch folded from the dust jacket. Charming and just what mom's need!

Jennie Fields, Author of Atomic Love.