Mum Publishes Book to Boost Kids Happiness

On Monday 24th October at 11am, Baby Bird Cafe is pleased to be hosting the fab 'Glad To Be Dan' Storytelling event. Maybe your little one struggles with their temper, or is a little worrier? Join us for 'Glad To Be Dan' a fun story on mindfulness for children.....

The mental health of children as young as six is being blighted by life’s stresses and exam pressure according to a recent report.1 With that in mind, one Mum is helping kids to be mindfully happy with the launch of her first book, ‘Glad to be Dan.’

‘Glad to be Dan’ is the first children’s novella for mum of two and Happiness expert Jo Howarth and Baby Bird Café in Oswestry is happy to be hosting a book reading & signing event on Monday 24th October at 11am.  ‘Glad to be Dan’ follows the story of a little boy who is feeling very sad. This delightful and charming story includes a range of mindfulness exercises to help young children learn to cope with different, sometimes difficult emotions like sadness and anxiety.

“Almost three quarters of teachers feel young people are under more pressure now than two years ago,” says Jo. “I couldn’t be more excited to see this book come to life. Feeling supported and learning the techniques to conquer different feelings are key to building resilience and happiness in our children.”

Jo, a Mindfulness practitioner, also runs The Happiness Club whose mission is to help people be happy. She penned ‘Glad to be Dan’ with celebrated Storyteller, children’s writer and current Disney Winnie the Pooh Laureate for the North West Jude Lennon. Jo’s husband, graphic designer Trevor Howarth was tasked with imagining Dan’s world for the book.

Jo and Jude will be undertaking a reading and practising exercises from the book with children at the FREE event on the 24th October at 11am.

Praise for Glad to be Dan:

“What a wonderful book! Not only is the book really well written with lovely rhymes, the illustrations are wonderfully colourful, bold and full of impact and the exercises are so easy to help your child implement and so effective. Every child should have this book.”


“A fantastic book to help kids connect with their emotions and deal with them in a positive way. The illustrations are great too, a fab book.”


“The power in this story is its simplicity. The anxieties my 8 year old feels can overwhelm him at times, then he remembers the simple techniques from this story and he calms. The jar concept is genius, taking the story off the page into the child's life to enable them to instantly relate to the mindfulness principles.”