Mind Hug: The first story


About the story
Jack is feeling fizzy. He is chasing every thought! Soon he is tired, grumpy and feeling flat. Time for a HUG. But it’s not a normal squeeze Jack needs – it’s a Mind Hug – and it starts with one big breath....

When Sarah has some mixed-up feelings, Jack tells her about the Mind Hug to see if it might help. Sarah tries her own Mind Hug and has an idea to make it even better.

This picture book introduces younger children to universal mindfulness in a gentle and open way. The power of taking deep breaths is revealed through story art that changes with a child’s thoughts and emotions.


About the book
270 mm H x 225 mm W
40 pages

Carbon Balanced Paper through the World Land Trust
Printed in the UK by Barnwell Print Ltd

ISBN 978-0-9957106-0-3
Written by Emily Arber
Illustrated by Vanessa Lovegrove
Published on 15 / 03 / 2017
Supporting children's mental health charity Place2Be




Dr Sarah Temple
GP with a special interest in neurodevelopment, emotional and mental health. Founder of EHCAP.


Dr Janet Rose
Teacher, trainer and co-author of Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood.
Co-founder of Emotion Coaching UK.
Head of Norland College.


Sarah Gibbs
BABCP psychotherapist and founder of Smart CBT.