Mindfulness Books

written by MASF Founder Andrew Jordan Nance

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PUppy Mind

In this picture book for children and adults, written by Andrew Nance, founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, and illustrated by Jim Durk, who is adored by thousands of children for his many Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books, a young boy discovers his mind is like a puppy, always wandering away, into the past or the future. He sets about learning to train his puppy mind to heel to the present moment. Through remembering to breathe, the boy becomes a stronger and more caring master of his puppy mind, keeping it in the present, if only for a moment. Includes the following discussion guide for parents and teachers. 

Named one of the BEST 50 books of 2017 by Parental Journeys ;

Included in 5 Magical Books on Mindfulness by Elephant Journal ;

Recommended in 15 Mindfulness and Relaxation Books Every Child Needs by Parenting Chaos;

Called on The Most Fabulous Books for Teaching Mindfulness by Kumarah Yoga & Wellness

The Lion in ME

“When I feel anger start to roar, I take a deep breath and count to four…”

In The Lion in Me, the latest picture book from educator Andrew Nance, author of the bestselling Puppy Mind, a young boy learns to calm his ferocious anger. Using deep breaths, he realizes the lion inside--his growling anger--can be tamed. With illustrations by Jim Durk, whose work includes Puppy Mind and many of the Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books.

Anger is one of the most challenging and easily accessible emotions for many of us. It is the bodyguard of grief, embarrassment, frustration, fear, shame, hurt, and loneliness. It can also be stated that anger is a “secondary emotion,” protecting us from what the body and brain think of as the weaker emotions. When we are sobbing, we are much more vulnerable than if we were enraged.

Remember: Every emotion is okay, but every action is not. Anger, of all the emotions, is the one that tends to get us into the most trouble if we are not skillful when it shows up. The first step is to even notice the sensations of anger activating within the body so that those signals can inform us of what next to do wisely with this information the body is giving us. If we can begin to notice when anger begins to growl within us, we can prevent an “attack” and guide Anger with care when it wants to roar.


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Mindful Arts in the Classroom

is a 272 page curriculum written especially for the teacher, camp director, or really cool parent or guardian who wants to use original stories, art activities, and fun games to teach mindfulness as well as social and emotional learning (SEL) to their kids!  This book offers a complete course of study that helps kids identify and talk about their feelings, self-regulate and self-soothe when stressed, and learn from easy mindfulness practices.