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About Brook Packard & Sleepytime Club
I’m an early childhood music specialist. I’m also a mom, educator, and a storyteller with a mission: making bedtime irresistible for parents and kids.
Why? Because a bedtime routine is the cornerstone of a healthy sleep routine, and better sleep means better health, happiness, and success. Happier kids, happier families, happier world.
For years, I suffered from sleep issues, bouncing around from doctor to doctor hoping they’d solve the problem with a magic pill. But as we all know from fairy tales and bedtime stories, there’s never a magic pill. The Ruby Slippers don’t get Dorothy back to Kansas, and houses made of twigs and straw might be faster to build but don’t stand a chance against the Big Bad Wolf.
Slow and steady wins the race and there are treasures to be found in the journey’s adventure.
My love of the power of story, (see what I did in that last paragraph?), music, and genuine excitement about the magic of childhood are all factors in the creation of Sleepytime Club. For 20 years, I’ve been married to George Packard, retired Episcopal Bishop for Federal Ministries. As much as I could, our family traveled to visit military families while working in faith formation and as a music director/soloist in churches in the metro New York City area and Southern Connecticut.
I was voice faculty and Assistant Director of Concordia Conservatory and continue to perform in venues such as The Princeton Festival, b-sides productions, and New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF). In 2018, I was in my first-ever movie as part of The Iron Mule Film Festival.
I’ve written books for Oak, Coracle, and Morehouse Publications, and blogs for Huffington Post, Sleepytime Club, and Building Faith. Under a Western Sky, released by my children’s label Lingonberry Music, was cited as one of the top 5 independent releases for children by Billboard. I’ve been interviewed on radio, podcasts, and television about eating for sleep, bedtime habits, mindfulness, and the relationship of spirituality and sleep. I am a certified life coach through the Gaia Women’s Leadership Project.
Bedtime is the first best habit. It’s pleasurable and leads to sleep. And when sleep goes right, everything goes right. See how easy it is to get your sleep on track. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation about streamlining your family’s bedtime routine by clicking HERE.
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About Em & Pat: Sleepytime Club’s Creative Team
Sleepytime Club’s bedtime kits have a purpose: To get kids to sleep and parents some freedom every single night.
Sleepytime Club’s bedtime kits – bedtime books and albums that give children a journey to sleep – are enriched with beautiful illustrations and music. Em Grosland is the illustrator of everything from American Sign Language words, to stories and poems, and the peaceful “Put the Day to Bed” practice. When we go into the studio to record everything, Pat Bianculli is there supporting me on guitar. Pat also arranges lullabies from around the world for classical guitar – the last recording on the Sleepytime Club bedtime kit playlist.
It all adds up to sweet dreams and a bedtime routine that gives families genuine connection in 20 minutes or less.
Em Grosland is an artist, performer, and activist. In addition to his work in children’s illustration, he has been working as a freelance graphic designer creating logos, infographics, icons and more for over 10 years. Em is also a New York based actor and often marries these two careers as a designer especially suited to create marketing materials for actors, casting directors, theatres, and other creatives. Em received his degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Washington University in St. Louis. You can see his work at www.EmGrosland.com or contact him at Plaidgoose@gmail.com
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Pat began playing guitar at the age of 13. His earliest musical influence was his father, Philip, an accomplished woodwind player and jazz musician. Following in his footsteps, he played popular music in dance and club bands throughout the city. In 1972, he began intensive study in classical guitar receiving his M. Mus. degree from the SUNY Stony Brook in 1981. The same year, he had the honor of performing for the legendary guitarist, Andres Segovia, in Granada, Spain. Other teachers have included Alexandre Lagoya, Angel Romero, and Timothy Walker. Pat’s travels as a recitalist have taken him around much of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. Pat’s release Hill of Slane: Psalms, Sonatas, and Sojourns is a collection of music for flute and guitar, with his wife, Kathleen McDonald. Dr. Ray Tuttle, reviewer for classical.net, writes: “…this is a ‘feel good’ CD –perfect at the end of a trying day.”