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The Lion in Me
By (author): Andrew Jordan Nance Illustrated by: Jim Durk
9781946764416 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Emotions & Feelings Sep 17, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 8.76 x 9.75 x 0.4 in 32 pages ORIGINAL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Parallax Press Plum Blossom
“When I feel anger start to roar, I take a deep breath and count to four…”

In 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, the lion inside—his growling anger—can be tamed. Written in a rhyming style that will be fun for the whole family, this is the perfect book to introduce basic mindfulness practices for emotional regulation to children. 

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.

BUILDS OFF SUCCESS OF PUPPY MIND: Author and illustrator team from Puppy Mind, a very steady seller now above 10k sales, this time exploring the topic of anger

PARENTING/SCHOOL TREND: SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) is a fast-growing trend in school curricula as well as with parents

START THEM YOUNG: Compassionately addresses male anger and toxic masculinity from the root

SERIES LOOK: Co-branded with Puppy Mind (same style, trim size, etc.)

RHYMING: Effortless rhyming couplets paired with inviting illustrations

ACTIVE AUTHOR: Author is a tireless promoter, is a former actor and is great at events

Andrew Jordan Nance, the author of Puppy Mind, The Lion in Me, and Mindful Arts in the Classroom, has been an educator since 1991. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer mindful educators to teach at underserved San Francisco Schools. Nance is also an award-winning actor and director. For almost thirty years he taught performing arts to students from diverse backgrounds, and for eighteen years he was the Conservatory Director at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center. Andrew Jordan Nance lives in San Francisco.

Jim Durk has over thirty years of experience working on children’s books. He’s drawn iconic characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, and many more. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1983 and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

Author Residence: San Francisco, California

Jim Durk has over thirty years of experience working on children's books. He's drawn iconic characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, and many more. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1983 and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

Illustrator Residence: Bay Village, Ohio

Marketing: Print and web advertising in spiritual outlets: Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Mindful

Other outlets: PW

Amazon ads

Social campaign, children’s blogs

Library outreach, school visits/signings

Special markets: kid’s boutiques



Publicity: Outreach to children’s book editors and reviewers

Advance book posting on NetGalley

GoodReads giveaway

Bay Area bookstore appearances and signings

“This charming and contemporary story about the transformation of anger to sweetness is appropriate for everyone between three and 103 years old. Its message is ageless.”
—Sylvia Boorstein, Co-founding teacher Spirit Rock Meditation Center and author of Happiness is an Inside Job

The Lion in Me celebrates a child’s growing mastery of his anger through mindful awareness. Jim Durk’s wonderful illustrations add depth to the story in subtle, whimsical ways. A delightful contribution to the literature on children’s emotion regulation.”
—Deborah Sosin, LICSW, author of Charlotte and the Quiet Place

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