Friday, September 29
Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Andrew Jordan Nance will be here to read Puppy Mind and lead some interactive mindfulness games!
In Puppy Mind (a picture book for children and adults illustrated by Jim Durk, the illustrator of 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 a link to a discussion guide for parents and teachers.
About the Author
Andrew Jordan Nance has been an educator for over 25 years. 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 18 years he was the Conservatory Director at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center. He is on the Board of Directors of several educational-based non-profit organizations including the Mindful Life Project in Richmond California, San Francisco's New Conservatory Theater Center, and Arts Ed Matters, a California-based arts-integration organization.