Marsha Nowakowski, Author of "Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day!"

It's time to make choices for health, fun, and play!

Marsha K. Nowakowski is a loving wife, dedicated mother to three children, and a "grammie" to her grandchildren.

Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day! is Marsha's debut book for toddlers. She has spent forty years in the healthcare industry as a cardiac nurse. Her expertise and inspiration for writing Mattie 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 grandmother, 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, horse training, and reading. She also enjoys golf, baseball games, and sailing with her husband.  According to Marsha, every day is an adventure!

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

Just like Matt and Mattie always do your best, put your best foot forward with each new quest! Matt and Mattie are toddler friends out to discover and understand the daily routines of their lives. Some routines that could otherwise be considered difficult instead become fun-filled learning activities. It is through fun and interactive play that you can teach your toddler how a good attitude helps develop healthy lifelong habits. Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day! takes your child/student through ten activities of daily living to help them learn independence and confidence. Just as our ten toes help our bodies balance, learning these ten life skills will help your child create balance in their own life. Matt and Mattie's Adventures explores how to "put your best foot forward" starting with baby steps!

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

Although always a creative child with a vivid imagination, I found myself throughout my 40-year nursing career creating projects, flyers, and educational support information for our patients and staff. After becoming a grandmother, nearing retirement, and taking care of other's hearts I decided to follow my own heart. I envisioned doing something that would make a difference and contribute positively to our world. Teaching health and wellness choices for most of my life, it made sense then to follow what I knew best.

So my journey to creating Matt and Mattie's Adventures: Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day! started approximately 3 years ago. My belief is that our future lies in creating healthy children with good attitudes to create a healthy world.  In reality, 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 with the vision that good attitudes will lead to healthy lifelong habits, thus helping young ones to learn confidence and independence.


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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

  • Helping toddlers learn healthy habits through choices in their day.
  • Book reading of Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day! 
  • Fun while searching for hidden tootsie icons throughout the book.
  • Good Attitude puppet show with Matt and Mattie
  • Tubby time song and activities
  • Birthday song and march

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301+ Appearances



Willing to Travel

Book Type:



Character Education


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