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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 Master Owl book is a picture book for 3 - 6 year olds. My second book is a chapter book for 7 - 11 year olds. You can read more about my books 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.
Seeking literary agent and publisher!
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. If you are an agent or publisher, please let's have a chat. If you know anyone in the industry and you are reading these words, please can you pass my website details onwards. I trust in the way the Universe works...
The Master Owl books are just the start. I am working on Master Owl plush toys, some of which have built in mindfulness meditations and relaxing music. I am developing a pack of mindfulness cards and other Master Owl products. 2022 is an exciting year for Master Owl!
I run my publishing business as a non-profit, choosing to reinvest the money from the book sales back into developing more books and products. I also donate many books to schools.
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. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
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.
I have visited 50 schools so far, taught mindfulness to over 10,000 children and sold over 1,000 books. It's been an amazing start to the tour. I love my job!!!
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. I am looking for opportunities to speak, like at Ted x events. 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.