Join celebrated San Francisco surfer-journalist-dad Jaimal Yogis (Saltwater Buddha and All Our Waves Are Water) for an exciting virtual event introducing Mop Rides the Waves of Life to McNally Jackson families. Mop Rides the Waves of Life teaches 4- to 8-year-olds timeless beach wisdom through the story of Mop, a sensitive and fun-loving kid who just wants to be in the ocean. After the reading, Jaimal will lead a cool drawing session with kids so have your sketchbook or paper nearby, plus your favorite pencils or markers. To join this virtual event, RSVP HERE

Going to school and navigating classmates can be hard—but all that goes away when little surfer Mop paddles out in the waves. With a few tips from his clever mom, Mop studies the wisdom of the water and learns to bring it into his life on land: taking deep breaths, letting the tough waves pass, and riding the good ones all the way. With newfound awareness and courage, Mop heads back to land—and school—to surf the waves of life. To purchase a copy of Mop Rides the Waves of Life, ORDER HERE

About the Author and Illustrator: 


Jaimal Yogis is the author of numerous books including Saltwater Buddha and All Our Waves Are Water, which was named a "Best Beach Read of 2017" by the BBC. His work has been featured in the pages of O, the Oprah MagazineOutsideForbesThe AtlanticESPN Magazine, and many others. He lives and surfs in San Francisco with his wife, Amy DuRoss, and their three sons.

Matthew Allen is a surfer and artist from Southern California. A former Surfer Magazine Art Director, Matthew now spends his days creating art based on his favorite muses, the mercurial sea and the amalgam of people and vessels that operate in and around it. Matthew lives in Costa Mesa, California.  

Praise for . . . 


“The book every kid needs right now to navigate their emotions.” 
—Bonnie Tsui, New York Times staff writer and author of Why We Swim

"Pure gold—especially now. During a time when even the most angelic kids are prone to temper tantrums because of quarantine, Mop is an invaluable teaching tool and an all-around heartwarming read."
—Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle

“Our minds can be as peaceful or as wild as the seas. Mop is a perfect cool character to introduce children (and overgrown children) to mindfulness so they learn to turn wipeouts into opportunities.”
Robert Thurman, author of Man of Peace: The Illustrated Biography of the Dalai Lama of Tibet

"Through clear language and charming illustrations, this book offers children and adults a useful metaphor for how to be mindful in every aspect of our lives—in times of joy, and also in those inevitable moments that challenge us." 
—Lion's Roar 

Event date: 

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 11:30am

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