Hop Scotch Children’s Store: Grand Rapids, MI

You can now find Nap-a-Roo at Hop Scotch children’s store in Grand Rapids, MI!!!

Check out their website to see all of the other goodies they have: www.hopscotchstore.com

Store location and hours:


909 Cherry St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-8pm
Saturday 10am-6pm


Dog named LOU from Nap-a-Roo Naparoo nap a roo

Book Party at Bright Blooms KinderPlay: December 9th & 12th

Children’s Party at Kindermusik and Bright Blooms KinderPlay
Nap-a-Roo Book Signing, Reading Party in Traverse City

Tuesday, December 9th at 10 am  &  Friday, December 12th at 10 a.m.

Join us Tuesday, December 9th at 10 am OR Friday, December 12th at 10 a.m. for a wonderful morning of music, story and play time!! Sign up on line (musicwithmelinda.kindermusik.net) for the full array of fun events, including 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Kindermusik, Nap-a-Roo Book reading at 10:30 in the Kindermusik studio, play time at Bright Blooms immediately following and light refreshments offered during play time and book signing. $20 for the first child includes your signed copy, the music and movement class AND play time at Bright Blooms! Additional children are just $5. (One book per family) If you can’t make the Kindermusik class at 10 a.m., join us at Bright Blooms KinderPlay at 11:00 for another book reading and signing. $15 for the first child, additional children, $5. This will include your signed book, and play time at Bright Blooms. Please sign up early for Kindermusik, as the space is limited.

Visit Bright Bloom’s website to sign up for the party: http://brightbloomskinderplay.com

Bright Blooms Kinderplay Traverse City Michigan Toddler



Nap-a-Roo receives the Silver Moonbeam Award 2014

Congratulations to Kristy Kurjan and Tyler Parker for their award winning book, Nap-a-Roo! Nap-a-Roo recently received the silver Moonbeam award in the board book/cloth book category. Click here to see complete award details. Below is a little more information from Independent Publisher’s website regarding the awards:

Silver Moonbeam Award 2014

2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
“Celebrating Youthful Curiosity, Discovery and Learning through Books and Reading”

“Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading. Congratulations to all the winners! This year’s Moonbeam Awards medal ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 5th annual Traverse City Children’s Book Festival, on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Creating books that inspire our children to read, to learn, and to dream is an extremely important task, and these awards were conceived to reward those efforts. Each year’s entries are judged by expert panels of youth educators, librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers of all ages. Award recipients receive gold, silver and bronze medals and stickers depicting a mother and child reading and silhouetted by a full moon.”

“The cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, and the award winners illustrate that point well, coming not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs.”

“The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.”

Amazon Baby: Why I love it & what to add to a registry

Long after I gave birth to my twins I realized that I should have registered at Amazon.com.  A very close girl friend of mine, Jessi, ended up registering on this site and she opened my eyes to why it works so well. No, this isn’t just an ad for their services… I actually wish I had registered with them for a few reason:

#1- You can add items from multiple websites (Pottery Barn and Land of Nod?! Woah, I wish I had done this because certain items are more appealing at each store)
#2- You can search for the best priced version of the items you want
#3-There is a 10% completion discount 30 days before your due date
#4- Everyone has easy access to Amazon.com registry list and it’s easy to find
#5- If your friends and family have Amazon Prime they can ship (most) registry gifts 2-day for free (well, kind of, you have to pay for Amazon Prime… But, let me tell you, Amazon Prime is worth it!)
#6- 90 day return policy (Not the best… But, not the worst)
#7- Choices!!!! You have SO many choices… Did I already say that?

In the end, it doesn’t matter where or even if you have a baby registry, but there are some amazing products out there that will help make your new-mommy life easier. Here are some of my favorite baby items. By no means do you NEED all (or any) of these items:

Baby Einstein Sleep Aquarium… This is a MUST have for your nursery. Around 6 months old, your sweet little baby will learn to hit the star fish to sooth themselves back to sleep at night. Those little plastic fish are mesmerizing, don’t you think!


This Sleep Sheep is not just adorable, but it serves a purpose… It has a variety of soothing sounds that will make your life better- Trust me.  

Sophie The Giraffe is america’s favorite chew toy for a reason!

I wish they made these cozy baby chairs for adults… They vibrate, play soft tunes, and create a cozy place to park your little one.

Register for a BOPPY-  which is an U shaped pillow- Then register for a nice cover from Pottery Barn.

When it comes to a “pack n’ play” I don’t think you need anything fancy, just safe. So, in my opinion, opt for a less expensive version unless you truly plan to use all of the bells and whistles on the expensive ones. I mainly uses these as travel cribs.

A play mat/gym… When it comes to this item it doesn’t matter which brand you choose, go with what looks good to you. However, I must say, babies are attracted to (there there for happier with) bright ugly toys…. Just sayin’

Isn’t this gross! Yes, you suck snot out of your babies’ nose. BUT, in the middle of winter when your little peanut is suffering from the sniffles, you will be SO glad you have this random invention.

I LOVED my baby swings, they were the only thing that let me sleep a couple extra minutes when the twins woke up. Bottom line, worth it!

Add a play station like this to your registry… It doesn’t matter which style or brand, just pick the one you like the most. 

I didn’t have a Mom-a-Roo but I wish I did… If you can add something extra to your registry, why not make it a Mom-a-Roo?!  It is a lot like the swing, so if you already have a swing you might not want to register for this item. It does take up a lot of room (and so does the swing!) 

This is the best looking drying rack I have found- Add it! 

Add this elbow bath pad (and the matching knee pad too). Its nice to have when you are giving the toddlers baths for years to come.

Nubba Wubbas are the best- Get one! And if your little one ends up liking it, it will be your best friend. 

Ergo Baby makes the nicest carriers… If you are planning on registering for a baby carrier, pick this brand. It is nice. More expensive than others, but nice. Obviously, don’t forget to add a copy of Nap-a-Roo to your registry! You will be happy when you read it and your baby goes straight down for a nap! 

Here is a link to get your registry started.

Once you become a “MOM”… You can sign up for Amazon Mom, which I would recommend as well.  But that is for another day.

BEAR: Be Excited About Reading Day

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10am: Former PreK teacher Trisha Short reads children’s favorites
3pm: Book signing & reading of Nap-A-Roo by local children’s author Kristy Kurjan
3:15-5pm: Book signing by Pathfinder Parent and counselor Joe Sanok (“Mental Wellness Parenting”)
4pm: Elementary Science teacher Dawn Iott reads Mrs Frizzle & the Magic School bus (dressed as Mrs Frizzle)

Special thanks to Maria Tucker for designing such a stunning window display this year!!983803_10154692380480249_5115935206522446836_n

Story Hour at Horizon Books: Friday, December 5th 10am

Horizon Books LOGO

Please join Nap-a-Roo’s Kristy Kurjan for Story Hour at Horizon Books on Friday, December 5th at 10 am. Come in to hear some stories, do some activities and do a craft. Here are the details:

Fall Story Hour at Horizon Books in Traverse City

Every Friday at 10:00 am, Horizon Books offers Story Hour. Come in to hear some stories, do some activities and do a craft.

243 E Front St
Traverse City , Michigan
49684 United States

Baby reading Nap-a-Roo Board Book

About KPO Creative LLC

KPO Creative LLC is a creative publishing company based out of Traverse City, Michigan. It’s current featured project is Nap-a-Roo, a children’s board book written by Kristy Kurjan and illustrated by Tyler Parker. The adorable nap-time book will arrive on shelves in late summer 2014.

KPO Creative LLC

P.O. Box 1759

Traverse City, MI 49685-1759

Wholesale and press please contact: kristy.kurjan@gmail.com

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About Tyler Parker

Tyler Parker is the talented illustrator of Nap-a-Roo children’s board book. He is an illustrator/ukulele enthusiast currently residing in Seattle, Washington. After spending the greater part of his developmental years in a small town in the Adirondacks he received his BFA in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007 before escaping to sail the usually figurative high seas. He completed his MA in Sequential Design and Illustration from the University of Brighton in 2009. His favorite food combination is pretzels and ginger ale. Visit his work at: www.TheArtofTylerParker.com

Tyler Parker

The Bookstore: Frankfort, MI

The Bookstore Frankfort MIWow, thank you Frankfort Bookstore, for putting Nap-a-Roo in your front window all summer long. For those of you that don’t know, Frankfort, is one of the “cutest little towns” in Michigan (or in the world! We are honored to be sold in your amazing book store.