The Napping House, written and illustrated by the husband-wife team of Audrey and Don Wood was published more than 30 years ago. It was based on a real life experience, and conveys a sense of warmth and comfort and belonging – in a rhythmically told tale. Over the years, kids and teachers and parents and editors have all suggested a sequel, another napping house book. The Woods weren’t interested. And then…
More than 30 years later, the full moon intervened. A restless night for author Audrey, led to the birth of The Napping House’s twin, Full Moon at the Napping House. The rhythm and the familial connections match perfectly, but the action is the complete opposite. When the two books are read side by side, it’s magic.
Last week, Don and Audrey Wood shared stories of their life experiences turned into picture books with librarians and coaches from across our school district. And then they headed to a local elementary school for a pajama party.
As their stories unfolded, I was reminded once again of the power of a good teacher and the importance of being patient. Sometimes learning takes a really long time. Sometimes, even when everyone else is clamoring for now, the individual must wait for just the right moment of inspiration and connection and growth.