Books for Babies at the Peninsula Township Library: October 23rd 10-11 am

Join Children’s book author Kristy Kurjan as she reads at Books for Babies at the Peninsula Township Library on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan from 10 am to 11 am on Monday, October 23rd.  There will be a simple craft and lots of smiles! Bring your pre-schoolers!

Books for Babies with Kristy Kurjan
Peninsula Community Library
2699 Island View Drive
Starts: Mon, Oct 23, 10:00am
Ends: Mon, Oct 23, 11:00am

A little more about the local library and kids:

Peninsula Community Library is a great place for kids!  Come check out our collection of books, music, movies, games and puppets.  Play with our puppet theater or participate in other activities in our Imagination Station.  We  always have a craft or two out on the tables.  Make something to take home.  Check our events calendar for program details.

It’s reading fun for preschoolers on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 9:30 AM with Story Stew.  Stories, crafts and songs fill this hour long program for little ones in the library.  When school is out, older kids are welcome as well!


Girls in the third, fourth and fifth grades are invited to join us with a special adult for our Mother Daughter Book Club.  The Chapter Chicks meet bimonthly on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.


Our certified Reading Dog Zeb listens to kids read on Tuesdays from 9:30 to noon.  Call to reserve a spot for your child!


Super Saturday programs are scheduled sporadically to showcase special themes and are fun for the whole family.


PCL is a great place to spend a part of your day!  Caretakers can enjoy a hot beverage from our BookEnds coffee cart, read a magazine or newspaper and watch their children have fun in the library!

Author Signing: Kristy Kurjan at Horizon Books June 3rd, 2017

This Traverse City author of the board book NAP-A-ROO now has two new board books that will charm your youngsters:  DREAM SWEET DREAMS and THE MANY WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU.

Location: Horizon Books in Traverse City
Event date: Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 11:00am to 1:00pm
Event address:
243 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

BayLife North Magazine: Style In The City

In case you missed the latest two issues of Bay Life North Magazine… Here are the past two “Style In The City” spreads by KPO Creative’s Kristy Kurjan.  The page includes some of the most stylish items you can find locally in Northern Michigan’s many small boutiques and stores. Click this link to Bay Life North Magazine homepage where you can find past issues and style pages by the author as well as interesting content about the Northern Michigan culture, activities, and culinary scene.  The editor and publisher, Teri Gorsline, is dedicated to bringing light to the amazing activities and gems the area has to offer.  Her motto: “Living The Northern Dream” Yes, Teri, we love that dream too!

Bay Life North Magazine
Traverse City, Mi

Bay LIFE North is a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine published by Bay LIFE Media and is distributed free to families in Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Northern Michigan.

Give the Gift of Reading: 5 Board Books for Toddlers

This holiday season I was honored to be featured by as a guest blogger.  Katie Hall, owner of, 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 at: Follow her on Twitter @kpocreative, check out her website and find her on Facebook.

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

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, “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, “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; Kristy Kurjan, KPO Creative LLC, phone 773.621.8212 or email; Karen Lemieux, MacKellar Associates, Inc., phone 248.804.1125 or email


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Horizon Books Author Signing: Traverse City, Michigan

Please visit award winning author, Kristy Kurjan, at Horizon Book Store on Friday, August 21st between 5pm- 8pm where she will be signing her latest children’s book, Nap-a-Roo. This book signing is held in conjunction with Traverse City’s Friday Night Live event… A popular lively night for the entire family!

Author Signing Date: 
Friday, August 21, 2015 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Horizon Book Store’s Traverse City Address:
243 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

For more information click here.


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:

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

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:

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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.