Worth the Wait

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.The Woods

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.

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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