Monday, January 29, 2018

Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day by Marsha K. Nowakowski

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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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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Interview with Marsha K. Nowakowski 

Where did you get the inspiration to write Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day?
As a grandma with a new outlook on parenting, I realized the need for teaching healthy habits to youngsters as early as possible to help them become successful and always be able to do their best! This needed to be fun and something they could relate to themselves. Learning their ABCs and numbers was hardwired in school, but I wanted to create a book with diversity that would make multiple everyday habits fun, balanced, and even adventuresome for toddlers. So it was my true conviction of healthy children and a healthy nation that inspired me to write Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day!
What sets Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day! apart from other children’s books about learning life skills?
I think the characters of feet, Matt and Mattie, characterize symbolism of ten toes with ten activities of toddlers’ daily living. They bring to life adventures with our own feet and the colorful, relatable choices in balancing life, adventures, and learning. The hidden toe icons make Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day! a truly unique book.
Will other characters besides Matt and Mattie be introduced as the series goes on?
The next book I have in mind is about Matt, Mattie, and Murdock the Horse. Because of my love of horses, I would like to write ten safety tips for toddlers visiting a barn and being around horses for the first time. Murdock will be a sad, lonely soul looking for his lost barn when Matt and Mattie come upon him. They become fast friends, find Murdock’s home, and soon Murdock is the comic relief in teaching them about safety tips in the barn.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
Aside from being a mom, wife, and grandma, I have been a cardiac nurse for many years. It is a career I have thoroughly enjoyed. My nursing background gave me the knowledge and basis for creating a health and wellness book for children. My belief is that our future lies in creating healthy children with good attitudes to create a healthy world! The message of diversity, positive attitudes in learning hard lessons, and developing habits through good choices can apply to everyone, not just toddlers. My healthcare background provided me the vision that good attitudes will lead to healthy, lifelong habits, thus helping young ones learn confidence and independence.
Do you have plans for Matt and Mattie besides the book?
I do! I have already created a little Matt and Mattie puppet show primarily for birthday parties. Matt and Mattie puppets will be featured weekly on YouTube with short toddler tips.
My next big dream would be to see Matt and Mattie with all their diverse group of friends come to life and be made into a cartoon for toddlers. I feel we need more focus on wellness in our world with positive attitudes, kindness, nutrition, working, and dreaming. Matt and Mattie are not superheroes, but fun characters developing a love of life, health, and being the best they can be!

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