Giveaway: Nursies When the Sun Shines ~ 3 Winners $15 ARV {9.6; US/Can} CLOSED

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Author, blogger, and natural parent Katherine Havener is offering our readers a giveaway of her book, Nursies When the Sun Shines, a value of $14.99, to THREE winners.

Nursies When the Sun Shines is a groundbreaking children’s book that helps parents talk to toddlers or older nurslings about night weaning, making the process of night weaning as gentle and easy as possible.

From our reviewer, Lauren Babbage:

My sixteen-month-old daughter is nearly ready to night wean. We’re going to be trying to conceive again soon, she has started waking only once to nurse, and even then doesn’t drink much. Her latch gets lazy so she only has nipple in her mouth, and that makes me feel all cringey inside. I can see that her need for nighttime nursing is less and we’re considering making the transition to night-weaning.

Enter Nursies when the Sun Shines, written by Katherine Havener and illustrated by Sara Burrier. Nursies is designed to be read to a child transitioning to night-weaning, and the characters are white and appear cisgender. The family bedshares and the child is androgynous.

Nursies Book


I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more beautiful children’s book. The illustrations compel you to read slowly and drink them in, and the tone of the words matches them well. You can see the love in the eyes of the child’s parents and just know that this is a gentle sort of family. It’s a short book, with only 11 pages of story. My first impression was that it was too short, but after several readings I think it’s just right. It’s possible I wanted it to be longer just so I could see more of the gorgeous illustrations.

I particularly love the depictions of the child. S/he could be either gender, and anywhere from 1-3 years-old, but is definitely a toddler and not an infant. Though s/he’s referred to as “baby,” I actually really like that because those of us nursing our toddlers know quite well they are still our sweet little babies. S/he sleeps between hir parents, who are gentle with hir throughout the night, and wakes to delight that hir “nursies” are available.

Nursies Book

My daughter loves books, so it was easy to bring Nursies into the rotation.  I substituted “milk” (with hand sign) for “nursies” as I was reading, and she was very interested.  We read it twice in a row the first time, and she was captivated by the illustrations.  She pointed out the cat on every page, and liked finding the moon in the sky.  I can tell that she’s thinking about the story, though we haven’t begun implementing night weaning ourselves yet.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It hits several major tenets of natural parenting: breastfeeding beyond infancy, bedsharing, responding with sensitivity, and nurturing touch. It was so refreshing to read a book that models our family’s values.


If you’re considering night weaning your toddler or older nursling, pick up Nursies when the Sun Shines from Katherine’s website, where it is currently on sale for $9.99. An autographed copy is available at a discount for $12.99.

Katherine will ship internationally.


For your own chance to win one of THREE copies of the book Nursies When the Sun Shines, enter in the comments below. Contest is open to the United States and Canada.

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  • Any questions, let our giveaway editors know: ShannonR {at} NaturalParentsNetwork {dot} com and Amanda {at} NaturalParentsNetwork {dot} com
Contest closes September 6 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.
Disclosure: Our reviewer received
a free copy of the book for purposes of the review.
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Lauren B. NPNLauren Babbage is a SAHM to her toddler daughter, Rowan, and is firmly committed to the principles of natural parenting. Lauren serves as Lead Resources Editor for NPN, and she’s proud to be a part of this growing community.



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