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Glad to be Dan – a mindfulness book review

Glad to be Dan - cover

Those of you who know me are already aware of my love of books, particularly children’s books. Imagine my joy then when Jo Howarth got in touch and asked whether I would be happy to review the new book. She has written Glad to be Dan with Jude Lennon and it is lovely.

This book is a triple whammy for me!

  • It’s a children’s book – tick.
  • It is a book about mindfulness – tick.
  • The main character is called Dan (my son’s name) – BIG TICK!

So when it arrived in the post I was delighted to discover that this book is everything I could have wanted it to be and more.

It is a picture book which has been beautifully illustrated by Trev Howarth. Deeper discussions would inevitably come from this book with older children, it is definitely suitable for the whole primary range. I would suggest possibly even into secondary schools too as a starting point for dialogue about negative emotions and mindfulness.

The story of Dan is a familiar one. He is fed up, anxious, angry and generally struggling to see the positives in life.

jo-howarthWhat I love though is that this book doesn’t just giving wishy washy solutions to his woes. This book gives practical ideas to help over come these negative emotions. Better still, it explains these techniques not only as part of the story but in greater detail at the back of the book.

If you are looking for a gentle and accessible way to introduce mindfulness to your children, at school or at home, this is the perfect starting point.

It will definitely be staying in my “toolbox” for schools and sessions in general now. I just wish that I had written it.

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to get a copy yourself you can buy your copy here.

* Disclaimer – I did not receive any financial incentive for writing this review, nor is this an affiliate link. I received a complementary copy of the book so I could review it.