“There is no such thing as a quick fix. However, if you’re beleaguered by the baby battles, these books could serve as a life preserver.”—The Post & Courier
"I highly recommend these books for your home library if you have a little one." —Mommin' It Up
"Toddlers will manage to calm down fairly quickly upon coming across these gentle books that help them deal with various transitions in their young lives." —SAHManswers.com (Stay At Home Moms)
“The rhyming story is one that toddlers are going to enjoy and easily pick up as part of their routine catch phrases throughout the day. The pictures portray an adorable young boy telling his story and will be appealing to young children. It definitely is a book that will become a favorite with toddlers and can even be used before naptime at school or childcare.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog
“Elizabeth Verdick gives caregivers practical, positive tools for building and maintaining the positive care environment that toddlers need.” —Dr. Dan Gartrell, Ed.D., professor of Early Childhood Education, director of Child Development Training Program, Bemidji State University
Winner, Creative Child Book of the Year Award
From the Author
Many of my childhood photos have a similar theme: me, with a mop of curly hair and my nose buried in a book. Fast forward to today and you’ll see the same picture, except I’m taller and, I hope, a little wiser. As an avid reader, I feel incredibly lucky to write books for my favorite audience, children. As a mother, I feel great knowing that my books help parents with the hardest—and absolutely most rewarding—job on earth. I hope my books help put a smile on a child’s face and give the feeling of “I can do it!” With the Toddler Tools series, I want to help families build life skills while they have fun reading together. During the toddler years, daily routines and transitions—bedtime, naptime, clean-up time, and so on—are big challenges, and every little success matters. The books are meant to take children and parents through familiar routines in a gentle, positive way. The simple language and colorful illustrations show toddlers learning new skills and celebrating success. Parents and caregivers can use the tips at the end to take the ideas further and personalize their routines.
A note from the illustrator, Marieka Heinlen:
As an illustrator, I always have two objectives. The first is to create artwork that truly engages young children. I try to see the world through their eyes, brimming with color and positivity. I keep my images bright, bold, and simple with fun details. Many people tell me kids like finding a paw waving among hands or a doll changing expression, little jokes just for them. The other goal is to try new mediums. I started with pencils and paints, moved into creating art electronically, and am currently playing with fabrics and collage. A lot of the vintage fabrics reminded me of my own childhood—other readers may get that warm, fuzzy feeling from them as well. Making art for children is a joy, and using it to teach them is a privilege.