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Naptime (Toddler Tools) Board book – November 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Toddler Tools
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575423006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575423005
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“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

A note from the author, Elizabeth Verdick:

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.


More About the Author

Elizabeth Verdick writes for young people of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Her newest book is "Peep Leap," a story about a baby wood duck that must find the courage to take a giant leap to the pond where his family awaits. She coauthored "The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders," a book for children and preteens who have autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Elizabeth has written two series of board books for toddlers, including the Best Behavior series ("Teeth Are Not for Biting," "Words Are Not for Hurting") and Toddler Tools ("Manners Time," "Calm-Down Time"). She has also written many books in the Laugh and Learn series for older children, which includes "Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave" and "Siblings: You're Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together."

Books in all of these series have received numerous awards, including the Henry Bergh Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book, Gold Mom's Choice Award, and iParenting Media Award Excellent Product.

She lives in Minnesota with her husband, daughter, son, and many pets.

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This book has calmed my son down immensely about nap time.
Shanna
When I tell him it's nap time, he gets very defensive and argumentative.
Cheryl Hill
He enjoys the illustrations & I love the phrasing throughout the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mommy P on May 21, 2010
Format: Board book
This book helped me to re-frame the entire nap time experience for my 2 year old after a highly frustrating month of her fighting it with a vengeance. The book puts napping in a very positive light, and gave me the language I needed to get my daughter back on track. It has been instrumental in getting her to enjoy her naps again. And-- bonus-- her naps are longer than ever since we started reading this book every day at nap time! I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to get their toddler to feel good/safe/happy about taking naps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Sardena on December 19, 2011
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I'm attempting to buy all the Toddler tool books because they are really fantastic.My daughter loves the illustrations and design of the book as well as how it calms her down and had a phrase that cues her that it's naptime. All the Toddler Tool books are really great and work really well for me!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Hill on January 7, 2012
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I love these books!
Somehow, my 2 year old takes the lessons less personally when we read about it in the books. We have the sharing, calm down time, hands are not for hitting and now this book in the series. The books are simply stated so that a 2 year old can understand. They are vague enough that they apply to most children and situations. A bonus, the colors and patterns are vintage/nostalgic and fun to look at.
When I tell him it's nap time, he gets very defensive and argumentative. So, my strategy has changed. Now, we sit down to read this book. The mommy in the book tells the boy it's nap time. My son can see how the little boy in the book responds and naps nicely. I can then lay him down and tell him to nap nicely like the boy in the book.
We've taken a cue from the books and differentiated nap time, bed time, and "calm down time". My son still naps in the morning, but has given up his afternoon sleep. However, he still gets tired and needs to rest in the afternoons. The "calm down time" book has helped demonstrate what it means, to have alone time and rest (without having it be punishment or "time out". I highly recommend that book, too.
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This book was exactly what I was looking for. It gives a positive framework for naptime, and has become her cue that it's time to slow down and get ready to rest. Our 8 month old really loves it!
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By C. Schneider on January 28, 2014
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I LOVE this book series. My granddaughter loves books and these are always her first 'go to' when she wants to read. Thanks to the author for a very well written series that actually teaches toddlers!
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By Brynnlux on October 15, 2013
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My two year old is a fan of other Toddler Tools books. We have Mealtime and Bedtime, and decided to get Naptime too. She likes it okay, and we have it memorized a little bit now. When she protests at naptime we can say, "Do you remember why we nap?" and she says, "We need a rest". It explains why we need to take naps in a gentle and simple way. It did help but its definitely not a miracle book. Now she knows when we pull out the book that its time to take a nap and she doesn't want to read it... so we are going to take a break from it and try it again after she forgets about it. Its great for helping to wind down before a nap, and when used with other naptime books the message will eventually get through. The illustrations are great too, I like that they show picking up toys and putting them away before naptime. We do that too as a signal that playtime is over and its time to rest, and having an illustration cements that in her mind.
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By luv2shop on October 6, 2013
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This helped us get our 2 year old to bed really quickly ! After a few days I started using quotes from the book and he responded very well. I even gave these books to his daycare to help with him and his classmates. I also purchased more from the series.
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I ordered this book for our two year old granddaughter who had suddenly began protesting taking a nap, even though it's quite evident that she's very tired in the middle of the day and really needs a nap. I searched EVERYWHERE for a book that specifically addresses naps, and not going to bed at night, and this is the only one I found! Even so--this is the ABSOLUTE PERFECT book for our purpose!! It talks about how the little boy in the book still wants it to be play time when his Mommy tells him it's nap time. Then the mommy talks to the little boy about why taking a nap is a good thing, saying cute little phrases like, "I take a little rest, so I can feel my best!" The little boy ends up deciding he can be (and wants to be) A Happy Napper! The book is the perfect length for a 2 - 4 year old, and uses language that they love and say along with you after they've heard the book a time or two. Our little Sam likes us to read it a couple of times just before her nap, and then she "reads" the book to her animals after we leave the room. As we go out the door and turn out the light, we say, "Night Night Happy Napper"! And she says it right back to us. This book has made a world of difference in helping Sam to understand why she takes a nap, and to be happy to do it on most days. It's simply irreplaceable, and PERFECT for creating your own Happy Napper!!
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