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My name is Rob Holmes and I like inventing products and stories for children.
Prior to starting my writing career, I co-founded the 'Gro Company' in 2000, home of the now famous Grobag baby sleeping bag.
We had no idea our Grobags would take off in the way they did and after just a few years, we were selling over 500,000 Grobags a year across 26 countries. It was incredible. We are proud too say that not only did we change the way babies were put to bed, we also reduced the UK's cot death rate, because sleeping bags are far safer than traditional loose bedding.
In 2007 I was having a shower, when an idea arrived in my head for a children's clock that would help my son William to know when it was time to get up in the morning. The Gro-Clock was born.
Every Gro-clock still comes with a bedtime story book, called Sleepy Farm. This was my first book for children! There are over 8,000 five star reviews for the Gro-Clock on Amazon.
By 2013, it was time to move on and the business was sold. I began a long sabbatical and started getting interested in spiritual issues and meditation. Then the ideas for children's books starting pouring into my head, so I started typing. My first book is called 'The Little Drop of Water'. You can read about this here.
In 2019, I had the idea of creating a wise children's character, called Master Owl. He is mix between Yoda, Master Shifu (from Kung Fu Panda) and Thich Nhat Hanh. Master Owl meets many animals and shares with them a 'Magical Mindful Moment' and their lives are transformed.
My first book Master Owl book is available on Amazon and you can read more about the very special's Owl's adventures here.
I am passionate about helping children to learn about the benefits of mindfulness and bringing them age old wisdom, woven into my stories. I have written a whole series of stories for 7 - 11 years olds, as well as more poems for picture books for the 3 - 6 year olds.
I am currently looking for the right literary agent and publisher to help me get my books out around the world. Mindfulness for children is getting more and more popular and my hope is that Master Owl will be the teacher with the most impact. He is the Guru who flew!
The Master Owl books are just the start. I am working on a Master Owl plush toy, which has built in mindfulness meditations and relaxing music. I am developing a pack of cards and other products to help teach mindfulness to children.
With all the challenges in the world due to Covid, this support for families is needed more than ever. Learning mindfulness meditation as a young child is such an important skill for life.
I am currently touring primary schools in Devon, reading Master Owl meets Miss Bunny and teaching mindfulness to children aged between 5 and 11 years old. For more information, click here.
On a recent visit, I was delighted to sell 35 books, which means 35 more families now know about Master Owl and how to have a 'Magical Mindful Moment. (The photo above shows me dedicating and signing each book to the children at a recent school visit).
As well as writing, I also love to speak publicly. It's my happy place being in front of a large audience. I get asked to speak about being an entrepreneur and about writing books. All of my talks are motivational, as I share my excitement and energy for life. For more information about my public speaking, click here.
Thank you for being interested in my work. I would love to hear from you.
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I will leave you with a letter I received recently from a parent, about both my books. It's why I write - to know I have made a difference.
February 2021. You can hear me being interviewed by the Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Kate Delaney, for her show 'America Tonight'. I talk about my two books 'The Little Drop of Water' and 'Master Owl Meets Miss Bunny' and explain how they came into being.