Give the Gift of Reading: 5 Board Books for Toddlers

This holiday season I was honored to be featured by WynnRuby.com as a guest blogger.  Katie Hall, owner of WynnRuby.com, asked me to pick out some of my children’s favorite board books. Find the entire post here and make sure to check out her cute baby outfits and accessories! Here is a short excerpt:

A Christmas Carol Board Book The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to give the gift of reading! Today we asked children’s book author, Kristy Kurjan for her favorite board books for her little ones! Kristy is author of Nap-a-Roo Board Book, owner of KPO Creative LLC, and mother to three-year-old identical twin boys (with a girl on the way!) . What great suggestions she has! This is the perfect go-to reading list for your little ones this holiday season.

Reading to our little peanuts is one of the best gifts we can give this season. As a mother to 3-year-old identical twin boys, we have an entire book shelf full of “loved” books. With a baby girl on the way in February, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on which books my family has enjoyed the most over the past three years. From the newborn stage, to the “chewing” stage, and now transitioning into “early reader”, board books have played a huge part in my children’s development as well as giving us countless hours of bonding time together. We love to spend the time at night right before they go to sleep to read many of these books “again, again, and again!” Here are just a few of my family favorites:

A Christmas Carol, By Jennifer Adams: Considering it is December, I am starting my list of “favorite board books” with a holiday classic, BabyLit’s A Christmas Carol. My family is a huge fan of this Charles Dickens tale and it is simply a delight to share with our kids around the holidays. The illustrations have a specific look and we find joy in looking for the mouse on every page. With that being said, this book is a color primer, so while teriffic for the holidays it is relevant for other times of the year as well. It doesn’t truly tell the story of “A Christmas Carol” but those who know the story will understand the pictures and be able to tell it in their own words.

Little Blue Truck, By Alice Schertle: I have two boys and there is nothing little boys like more than TRUCKS! Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle, is a joy to read out loud. The story follows the adorable blue truck down the road and teaches the power of friendship. Beep! Beep! Beep! We could (and have!) literally read this book for hours.

Nap-a-Roo Board Book, By Kristy Kurjan: Obviously, I am a little bias on this one, as I am the author. However, this book is PERFECT for very young babies who take multiple naps a day. Developing a “nap time” routine that includes reading a short book is a great way to incorporate reading into a young babies day. When my twins were very little, it felt strange reading the “good night” books at two o’clock in the afternoon. Thus, Nap-a-Roo became a favorite. It was short enough for a quick read and still made sense when the sun was still shining! The bright colored characters catch even the littlest of eyes attention and bring a smile to their face.

Moo, Baa, La La La!, By Sandra Boynton: Oh the many reasons why I love Moo, Baa, La La La! Perhaps it was the sleepless nights, however, ever since I had my children I found this book hilarious. While this book is simply silliness at it’s finest, it also teaches the simple things in life. For example, “a cow says MOO” and “a sheep says BAA.” Sandra Boynton got is right with this one.

Sheep in a Jeep, By Nancy Shaw: Who doesn’t love five sheep in a Jeep?! While my sons tend to gravitate towards any book with a car on the cover, this one truly deserves the attention. It is well written and adorably illustrated. Sequels include: Sheep in a Shop, Sheep on a Ship, and Sheet Out to Eat- all equally enjoyable!

Holiday Season AuthorKristy Kurjan is the owner of KPO Creative LLC and author of Nap-a-Roo picture board book. She resides in Traverse City, Michigan with her three-year-old twin boys with a baby girl on the way! Her book, Nap-a-Roo, has received many national honors including the 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award for Best Board Book, the 2015 Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Picture Book (0-3), and was named a Finalist in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Purchase Nap-a-Roo at WynnRuby.com at: http://www.wynnruby.com/shop/nap-a-roo. Follow her on Twitter @kpocreative, check out her website www.KPOcreative.com and find her on Facebook.

Katie Hall, is owner & founder of WynnRuby.com, an online children’s boutique based in Austin, TX.

China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF)

China2015fairimageNap-a-Roo Picture Board Book will be featured at the 2015 China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) by Foreward Reviews. Click here to see more information on how to obtain Nap-a-Roo foreign rights.  Find the entire Forward Reviews China foreign right catalog here: CCBF 2015 Rights Catalog

General Information on the CCBF: 

China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) is the only children’s book fair approved by State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of People’s Republic of China. Dedicated to the copyright trading, author promotion, reading advocacy, publishing, printing and distribution in contents for 0- 16 years old children, including books, magazines, and audiovisual material and recreational and educational services. And an event with B2B and B2C, the first CCBF was launched in November 2013 and won a huge success.

In November 2014, the second CCBF launched in Shanghai again, it was an undoubted success with both the exhibitors and visitors grew considerably. The three-day event attracted 262 exhibitors from 23 countries, and 26,297 people from 34 countries and regions worldwide, including professional audience of nearly 8,000 people, publishers, distributors, copyright agents, writers, illustrators, printing houses, bookstores, libraries and other professionals and won a high affirmation from domestic and foreign exhibitors, professional visitors, authors and the general readers.

Welcome to CCBF 2015!

Information for 2015

Venue:Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC)

Dates: November 13-15, 2015

Exhibition Size: 17,000 Sqm.

Exhibitors’ number: 500+ (expected)

Trade visitors: 9,000+ (expected)

Public Visitors: 20,000+ (expected)

A Monster Review…

We are honored to have Nap-a-Roo picture book reviewed in this month’s issue of Story Monsters Ink Magazine. What a spetacular publication for littles readers!!! (See: Monster Reviews on page 35)

Here is a quick synopsis of what reviewer Darleen Wohlfeil had to say:

“Oh, there is nothing like the little board books that introduce our little ones to the joysof reading! Nap-A-Roo, written by Kristy Kurjan and illustrated by Tyler Parker, is true to its genre. Simple words that flow with ease, bright colors and animation to capture the attention and a rhyming rhythm that carries it through. It’s fast, fun and engaging, and will keep them wanting to read it … one more time!”

Read the entire free children’s publication here!  and sign up for your FREE digital subscription at: http://www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonstersStory Monster Ink Magazine November 2015

Custer County Chronicle: 9-year-old Jesse reviews Nap-a-Roo

Thanks for the review Jesse!

This just in: 9-year-old Jesse Najacht published his review of Nap-a-Roo picture book for Custer County Chronicle in South Dakota this week- Thanks Jesse! We appreciate that you took the time to read the book and love what you wrote: “I would have like it if my parents read this to me when I was younger. I think children will like the colorful and cute illustrations. The book mentioned a place called Timbuktu, which I never heard of before. I look it up and learned that Timbuktu is a city in Mali, which is a country in Africa. Cool! I like geography and learning about new places.” For more from Custer County Chronicle, check out their website: http://www.custercountynews.com

Childrens Picture Book Book Review Custer County Chronicle Nap A Roo

 

FULL REVIEW:

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Nap-A-Roo

The short book, “Nap-A- Roo” by Kristy Kurjan, is about a kangaroo who lives in a zoo and is getting ready to take a nap. Parents can read this rhyming book to their toddlers when it is time for them to take a nap.

The kangaroo has a blanket and teddy bear, all the things it needs for a nap. Some of the animals wave to the kangaroo as he goes to take a nap. Other animals like the lion, wolf and cow also are also getting ready for a nap. Parents can teach their toddlers about the ani- mals as they read the book to them.

I would recommend this book to parents who need to help their children take naps. I would have liked it if my parents read this to me when I was younger. I think children will like the colorful and cute illustra- tions. The book mentioned a place called Timbuktu which I never heard of before. I looked it up and learned that Timbuktu is a city in Mali, which is a country in Africa. Cool! I like geography and learning about new places.

¡Adios! Until next time.

The Blanket Lady Teams with Michigan Children’s Book Author Making Nap Time Special for Children and Parents Alike

The Blanket Lady Teams with Michigan Children’s Book Author Making Nap Time Special for Children and Parents Alike

Purchase the Book-n-Blankee Gift Set
Book and Blankee Gift Set
Rochester Hills, MI – In 1978, Barb MacKellar began knitting heirloom-quality baby blankets as a hobby to soothe her nerves as her oldest son spent countless hours in the hospital, receiving treatment for a congenital heart condition. Thankfully, Barb’s son grew and flourished as did her hobby. As many of her friends welcomed babies to their families, Barb knitted blankets for each new addition. Then friends of friends started asking for blankets of their own. When strangers started calling her house, requesting to speak to “The Blanket Lady,” a business was born.

In the late 1990’s, Barb moved her knitting machines out of her basement and into her husband’s company’s manufacturing facility in Rochester Hills, MI where she continues to work today as a division of MacKellar Associates, Inc. Today, people from all over the world, who received blankets as babies, are now ordering them for their own children. After 37 years, The Blanket Lady continues to hand-finish each custom blanket, taking as much pride in the blankets made today as those knitted decades ago.

Not only is Barb passionate about her knitting and giving back to the community, she always read books to her children, and now grandchildren. “Reading books is another passion of mine,” stated Barb. The Blanket Lady’s hope was to team with a Michigan author on the pairing of a blanket and a book, and was inspired to learn of Kristy Kurjan and her children’s book, “Nap-A-Roo.”

“I was thrilled when The Blanket Lady reached out to me,” stated Kristy. “The blankets are absolutely beautiful and I am honored to partner up on a pure Michigan gift package.” In just a few months of communications, both Kristy and The Blanket Lady team agreed that the color pallet on the “Nap-A-Roo” book cover would pair beautifully with a chevron blanket utilizing the “sunflower and chive” color scheme. A match was made.

About Book-n-Blankee
It’s nap time! This “sunflower and chive” chevron blanket is paired with an engaging picture book, Nap-a-Roo, making sleepy time special for children and parents alike. Add a “first name” personalization to make this a custom keepsake (up to 9 letters). Blanket dimensions are approximately 28″ by 51″ and made with our premium 100% acrylic yarn, hand-finished with love. The chevron blanket is completely machine washable and dryer safe. This “nap time” package is a perfect gift for a baby shower, or your favorite toddler to cuddle with…indoors or out! Michigan Author, Kristy Kurjan, is based out of Traverse City. Her most recent book, Nap-a-Roo, has received national awards including the 2015 Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Picture Book (0-3).

-Cost $48
-Additional $5 for Embroidery
-Gift Wrap Optional
-Delivery 2-3 weeks

About The Blanket Lady
The Blanket Lady, a division of MacKellar Associates, is a manufacturer of custom blankets (and accessories) ranging in a variety of sizes and colors to suit a specific need. The custom-themed blankets are double-sided, reversible and knit from 100% acrylic yarn. Customers can personalize the blanket to celebrate a birth, wedding, anniversary, graduation or even a favorite college or sports team! Over 30 colors are available to choose from – sizes vary from baby-sized blankets measuring 25” x 46” to adult-sized blankets measuring 48” x 66”. Blankets are machine washable and dryer acceptable. Baby gift sets can be purchased to include unique (and embroidered) coordinating accessories from baby bibs and hooded towels to plush bears and baby booties! For additional information and/or ordering online, please visit www.blanketlady.com, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter.

About the Author
Born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, Kristy Kurjan is currently based out of Traverse City, Michigan. She is a writer, publisher, and owner of KPO Creative LLC. She is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and Help In Heels volunteer (Traverse City, MI). Her most recent book, Nap-A-Roo, has received national awards including the 2015 Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Picture Book (0-3), the 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award for Best Board Book, and was named a finalist in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. She is always up for a new adventure and enjoys meeting interesting people. Mother to identical twin boys, the fun never stops. She enjoys running, boating, traveling, and reading to her family. To learn more about Kristy and her book offerings, please visit www.kpocreative.com, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter.

Contact(s): Barbara MacKellar, The Blanket Lady, phone 248.335.4440, toll free 877.877.7228 or email info@blanketlady.com; Kristy Kurjan, KPO Creative LLC, phone 773.621.8212 or email kristy.kurjan@gmail.com; Karen Lemieux, MacKellar Associates, Inc., phone 248.804.1125 or email klemieux@mackellar.com

 

IMG_3310Book N Blankee Combo Gift for babies and toddlers baby shower The Blanket Lady Rochester Hills Michigan

Book & Blanket: The Blanket Lady

Introducing the cutest baby shower gift set this fall- chevron blanket from The Blanket Lady with matching nap-time book, Nap-a-Roo! Perfect for gender neutral baby showers and coming home bundle! Personalize it today for only $5!

It’s nap time! This “sunflower and chive” chevron blanket is paired with an engaging picture book, Nap-a-Roo, making sleepy time special for children and parents alike. Add a “first name” personalization to make this a custom keepsake (up to 9 letters). Blanket dimensions are approximately 28″ by 51″ and made with our premium 100% acrylic yarn, hand-finished with love. The chevron blanket is completely machine washable and dryer safe. This “nap time” package is a perfect gift for a baby shower, or your favorite toddler to cuddle with…indoors or out! Michigan Author, Kristy Kurjan, is based out of Traverse City. Her most recent book, Nap-a-Roo, has received national awards including the 2015 Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Picture Book (0-3). Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery

$48.00

 

Book and Blankee Gift Set