02 February, 2018

Toddler Tootsies take on the day by Marsha - Guest post and GiveAway



Book Details:



Book Title: Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day! by Marsha Nowakowski

Illustrator: Joan Coleman

Category: Children's NonFiction, 34 pages

Genre: Education

Publisher: Lanier Press

Release date: January 23, 2018

Tour dates: Jan 29 to Feb 9, 2018

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



Welcome to the wonderful world of Matt and Mattie, where every day is a learning adventure! Just as our ten toes help our bodies balance, Matt and Mattie’s ten daily habits help toddlers learn balanced behaviors that will guide them in leading happy, healthy childhoods.



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From the Author:

What did you enjoy about the process of writing Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day?

Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day! is my inaugural book, and I savored every aspect of its creation. I liken the process of writing to preparing a special dinner, lovingly choosing all the ingredients for my dinner guests: the young listeners. We are joyfully celebrating the needs of their early childhood development. What type of “food” and how many “courses” will this celebration require to satiate those needs? For six months, I contemplated this question. If I had only one chance, I wanted to make the message meaningful and diverse for all toddlers.

My planning began:

During a long road trip with my husband as I tapped my feet cheerfully to a song on the radio, I realized Matt and Mattie could be feet characters. These feet, these “tootsies,” could take the audience on fun adventures, just as our own feet do! Developmentally, toddlers are fully aware of their body parts, especially their feet. Those adorable chubby feet would be the first ingredient in our celebratory recipe, Matt and Mattie’s Adventures! After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a book about themselves? I tried many different scenarios for a story, but as the creative process churned, “Always do your best and embrace the toddler experience” rose to the top like rich cream.

As a healthcare worker, I am keenly aware of the importance of a foundation of healthy daily habits. Quality choices define the outcome of our health, much like quality ingredients define a gourmet meal. “Always do your best” by putting your best foot, or tootsie, forward is not a onetime choice made in the moment. It’s a behavior, a recipe, cultivated over many attempts, many days during formative years through practicing healthy habits. Toddlers have a lot of learning to do: walking, feeding, toileting, dressing. I wanted to write a book of encouragement that makes all the difficult lessons seem easier with rhymes and fun activities such as searching for hidden toe icons.

It was challenging for me to have each page turned in Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day! reflect fun, adventures, and good attitudes so the habits practiced daily would become routine, natural, and second nature.

The process of writing led me to a love of the whimsical characters Matt and Mattie. Even though they are friends in the book, my husband and I call them our twins! My illustrator, Joan Coleman, and I had tremendous fun developing the look not only of Matt and Mattie, but also of their band of diverse friends!

Finally bringing this writing project to life with the publishing process, which included editing, title determination, and layout, was an educational and wonderful experience. I now savor the entire process of writing Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day! and look forward to watching them grow in future adventures!



Meet the Author:





Marsha K. Nowakowski is a loving wife, dedicated mother to three children, and a “grammie” to her grandchildren.



This is Marsha’s debut book for toddlers. She has spent forty years in the healthcare industry, primarily as a cardiac nurse. Her inspiration for writing Matt and Mattie’s Adventures developed from her own observations that patients who recovered more quickly exhibited healthy habits and good attitudes toward life. As a mother and grammie, Marsha recognized the need for books teaching healthy habits to help young ones develop into successful people who always do their best.



Matt and Mattie’s Adventures makes everyday habits fun, balanced, and adventuresome for toddlers. Marsha’s own adventures include travel, horseback riding, and reading. She also enjoys golf, baseball games, and sailing with her husband. According to Marsha, every day is an adventure!



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