I believe that all kids are smart, brave, kind, and creative,
and I write books to help them remember that.
As an Author and Psychotherapist for children and adults, I'm dedicated to making a difference in people's lives and to helping them realize their power and potential.
We all make sense of our lives in different ways: some use facts, some use beliefs, and some use ways unique and all their own, but no matter how we each make sense of life, there is something that connects us ALL.
Call it love.
Call it hope.
Call it wonder.
Call it ice cream!
But it's there and we sense it. My books celebrate this connection we all share
to ourselves, to each other, to our communities and to our world.
I hope these tools unleash your greatness and bring you joy.
“Sharks rule!” “That’s gross.” “I love tofu.” “Is she from Montreal?”
Whether our thoughts are happy, sad, weird or excited, they come
in a constant flow. Just a Thought introduces kids 4–8 to the way thoughts shape our actions. Through self-awareness and making friends with our thoughts, we can learn to navigate our beautiful minds. (September 2021)
Whether you've got hands, hooves, scales or fur, all beings want love, safety, and respect. And while we might not look the same, we have more in common than you think.
Why should we care about someone in Japan? Or an elephant in Nigeria? Or the environment in Brazil? Because everything is connected and because YOU are part of everything. Beautifully illustrated, Everything is Connected invites kids to consider the connection between all things.
Illustrated by Ignasi Font.
The Fountain Tarot features lush, ethereal paintings by artist Jonathan Saiz, rainbow holographic packaging by designer Andi Todaro, and an intimate guidebook by writer Jason Gruhl that teaches you how to read the cards and how to use them as a tool for introspection, empowerment, and connection.
As a companion to the best-selling Tarot deck, or a stand-alone journal, The Fountain Tarot Journal is a journey of discovery across 52 readings. Use the examples or create your own, this versatile journal will allow you to clear your path and create a life of mindfulness and intention
Four friends think they know everything there is to know about trees, but when they really start looking...they're not so sure. A book about wonder, seeing things newly, and embracing what we don't know.
A collaboration with Genjō Yorke, illustrated by Skye Ali.
Published by Eifrig Publishing (Fall 2021)
When fox has a lot to think about, he goes on walks...and on this particular night, he has a LOT to think about. Where will it take him and what will he discover?
Paintings/Illustrations by Johnny DeFeo
When Eli comes up one blueberry short for breakfast, he and his pet hedgehog head out into crowded world to find it. But can a young boy with autism handle all that unpredictability? A book about bravery, kindness, and letting people surprise you.
Some titles can't be listed quite yet just because they are:
a. under contract and haven't been officially announced, or
b. top, top secret (wink). Check back soon for new titles!
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 JUDI EPSTEIN / JASON GRUHL
Everything is Connected
Read by Jason Gruhl
Illustrated by Ignasi Font
Published by Bala Kids
Distributed by Penguin Random House
“A thin string loops and winds around the people, animals, playgrounds, prayers, and gardens of the world, everything connected in a timeless whole—even scary, ugly things like chicken pox, bullies, lies, and pollution. In this engaging introduction to social consciousness and environmental awareness, color and form are given to the invisible ties that bind the universe together, from the tiniest of cells and atoms to the vastness of the stars and planets.”
— Foreword Reviews
“One of Bala Kids’s inaugural releases, this waggish picture book takes its title to heart, emphasizing readers’ connection to an eclectic roundup of people, objects, and phenomena.” — Publishers Weekly
“A worthy attempt to make an ineffable concept accessible to a young audience.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Stop! I can’t bear it—this book is too wonderful! Jason Gruhl invokes Dr. Seuss with some light rhyming and brings up everything that entrances children—tarantulas, slime, comets, you name it. Ignasi Font’s visually complex and incredibly funny illustrations (a blobfish that looks like Squidward?) will keep kids observing even on the hundredth read. A thin line threads through each page, reinforcing the title and drawing the eye through the narrative. And the end—oh, the ending! I almost keeled over in fits of pure joy upon reading it. The book is destined to become a dharma classic."
— Sumi Loundon Kim, Tricycle Magazine, The Buddhist Review
“Use this book to spark thoughtful conversations or to prod children to think about just why they matter.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“An exploration of our links with everything from blobfish to galaxies.” —Spirituality & Practice
“When A. E. Waite conceived of his deck with Pamela Colman Smith in the early 1900s, what he did is what the creators of The Fountain are doing today, over 100 years later. The Fountain imagery both simultaneously exhibits a timeless quality and also expresses where we are today in our spiritual journey as a global society.”
—Benebell Wenn, Author of The Tao of Craft, and The Holistic Tarot
“First conceived as a collaborative art piece by artist Jonathan Saiz, author Jason Gruhl, and designer Andi Todaro, these 79 paintings with shimmery silver-gilded edges sing with a kind of hyper-modern cosmic intelligence. The mini guidebook interweaves classic tarot themes with sacred geometry, art, psychology and technology. All in all? It’s a silvery, self-reflective, nuanced delight.”
"So lush and gorgeous. Every card feels like a refreshing spring rain, inviting you to step inside and dip yourself in its secrets. From the shiny, metallic box, to the beautiful, geometric cardbacks, to each thoughtfully-rendered painting, The Fountain Tarot has seduced me hook, line and sinker.”
“Creat[es] an atmosphere that feels timeless and modern at the same time, as though the cards can truly tell the future by calling upon some kind of evolutionary, dawns-of time understanding that exists within all of us, and all around us…”
— Little Red Tarot UK, Beth Maiden