Kristyn Boland (Author) Vanessa Alexandre (Illustrator)
Preschool/ Picture Book / Jobs
What made you decide to write this book?
Leaving my son for work was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I remember once thinking that a 12 week old baby would be bigger, but the night I had to go back to work all I could think of was how small and helpless he looked. I held him and cried, worried he would be mad at me for leaving. That was the first night he ever slept for 12 hours straight. When he got bigger I worried he would be more upset when I would leave for work, but when he sees me in my scrubs he says “bye bye!” and plays with my husband until bedtime. I can’t say my feelings are hurt, it would be much harder to watch him get upset when I go. But couldn’t he at least act a little disappointed when I leave?! (Kidding!) But one day I had the thought that maybe, just maybe, he might be sad when I leave for work. I thought it would be so nice to have a book my husband could read to him to explain where I am and what I’m doing, and to remind him that while I was gone I couldn’t wait to get back home to him. I thought surely someone would have thought of that-there are so many night shift nurses and other shift workers. But when I searched I couldn’t find anything like what I had in mind.
I had the crazy thought that maybe I could write that book myself, and when I sat down to do it the story came out so easily! I’m not a writer by trade, but I wanted to do this for my son. And even though he isn’t sad when I go, he will have this book if he ever is one day. And in the meantime there are plenty of other kids who do get sad when their moms leave for work at night, and my hope is that they find some comfort in the pages of Nurse Mommy.
When my son was three he thought his daddy lived on the telephone. He was a long distance trucker and every night he would call to say goodnight to his son. Once when his brother called the house, my son got to the phone first and promptly hung up on him with an indignant “You’re not my daddy!” While all these years later it makes for a fun story when the family gathers, back then it was difficult to explain to my son why dad wasn’t home. I love the idea that Kristyn Boland wrote a book to explain to her son why she went to work each night.
Wonderful illustrations follow Nurse Mommy as she goes about her shift caring for patients, all the while talking about who her favorite person to care for is. Not only is this a great idea for kids whose parents are actually nurses, but it provides a good jumping off point to discuss with little ones the concept of a parent working outside the home or even giving a preschooler ideas for dress up time. My son thought working in medicine was a grand idea at a young age and would have loved to follow along with a favorite book, though to be fair I was actually his nurse since he couldn’t yet tie off the bandages.
In this book Daddy cares for his son while telling the story of what mom is up to giving a lovely duality to their evening as they each go about their activities. I have to say though, that the family dog makes this work. He is the perfect foil for the little one’s emotions, happy when Baby is playing and worried when mom is driving away. I did also appreciate Dad pointing out that Mom leaving the house to work is the same as when he leaves the house to work and she looks after him, letting the child know that he is always safe and protected even when his parent isn’t there. All in all this is a sweet story that caregivers and educators will love to share with young ones.
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Book Title: Nurse Mommy by Kristyn Boland
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 2-10), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: June, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
What does Mommy do when she leaves for work? From giving medicine to using her stethoscope, Nurse Mommy’s job is important because she helps patients get better. But what about her family back home—does Nurse Mommy really have to go to work? Nurse Mommy helps kids understand what the nurse they love is doing when they go to work at night.
Meet the Author:
Kristyn Boland lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Tim, her son, Owen, and their dog, Bo. She graduated from East Carolina University College of Nursing in 2014. Kristyn started her career working in Pediatric Intensive Care and later moved to Postpartum Care, where she takes care of moms and their new babies in the hospital. When she returned to work after having her son, she wanted to find a book for her husband to read to her son at bedtime explaining where she was and why she went to work at night. When she couldn’t find one, she decided to write it herself!
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