PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — What started as an idea between two Vancouver moms has now grown into a booming business.
Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard came up with Slumberkins, books that come with stuffed animals which address a child’s emotional well-being. Your kids could see them in their classroom — and even on a streaming service soon.
Slumberkins are stuffed animals with feelings — a lot of feelings — and they help kids address all the emotions they deal with on a daily basis.
“Bigfoot is our guy that helps promote self-esteem in little ones, Hammerhead is our resident conflict resolution guy,” Christensen explained.
Christensen and Oriard have been friends since they met at Prairie High School in Clark County. Years later, they were both working in schools and saw a need for emotional wellness in children.
“What we’d been using in the schools were just basic, social stories and we wanted to do something more… say the words a therapist would maybe want you to say to help implant these skills into kids,” Oriard said.
The two women then came up with Slumberkins. The Vancouver-based business has grown to 42 employees and will have 15 characters with 30 different books by the end of next year.
Plus, they’re expanding into classrooms with bigger books for teachers.
“Each of the books includes a lesson and a worksheet built into the back of the book — which, as educators, it’s fun to design things,” Christensen said. “It’s a dream come true to plan for that.”
If you’re interested in the Slumberkins books and characters, we have a discount code for you! Enter the code “BTS20” while checking out on their website.