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Teacher of 15 Years Who Suffers From SAD, Shares Insight, Hope & Help In A Children’s Book  

I wanted to pique your interest in this topic as well. Former teacher and SAD sufferer gives both inspirational and practical suggestions on how both Children and adults can open up communication to discuss SAD, and other mental health concerns.

“Kids will connect with Sam's need to "recharge" during winter-and wish to have superpowers to escape to a place of endless summer-while drawing inspiration from his willingness to open up about a disorder that too many are reluctant to share.

Takeaway: Easy-to-follow introduction to Seasonal Affective Disorder, from a kid's perspective.”
— Publishers Weekly Booklife

"A former teacher pens a book aimed at sparking dialogue about SAD & child depression."

Dan Granger crafts  the novel "Why is Sam SAD" to foster communication among parents and caregivers regarding child depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder

In honor of "Mental Health Awareness Month", former teacher Dan Granger crafts  the novel "Why is Sam SAD" to foster communication among parents and caregivers regarding child depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Sam has seasonal affective disorder or SAD. He will tell you all about it from a child’s view. Sam feels the winters are long and dark. The weather saps your energy.

What causes it? Lack of sunlight.

What season is the worst for people with SAD?

What happens when you are SAD? You become lonely.

Who do you talk to when you are SAD? No one.

Are there things to do when SAD takes over? You bet!

Come and learn what you can do during the SAD season.

After all, just because you suffer from SAD doesn’t mean you have to stay sad.

“Why is Sam So SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression from a Child's Perspective, by Dan Granger, provides a poignant exploration of a young boy's experience with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and depression during the dark and dreary winter months. Through the eyes of Sam, readers are taken on a journey that delves into the challenges faced by individuals grappling with this often-misunderstood condition.… Moreover, Granger offers practical strategies for coping with SAD, emphasizing the importance of seeking support, engaging in self-care activities, and practicing gratitude. Through Sam's journey of self-discovery and resilience, readers are reminded of the power of resilience and the importance of reaching out for help when needed…. As the title suggests, Why is Sam So SAD? is an informative exploration of Seasonal Affective Disorder from a child's perspective. Dan Granger's sensitive storytelling and insightful narrative offer valuable insights into the challenges faced by individuals living with SAD while also providing hope and encouragement for those seeking to understand and cope with this complex disorder.” – Children’s Book Review

A colorful children's book by a former teacher and childhood sufferer of Season Affective Disorder (SAD) captures the essence of what it is like for a young person to have SAD, which is a form of depression, and can help millions of people.



Dan Granger has coped with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) every winter since he was a child growing up in Wisconsin. As a former teacher of 15 years and currently a reading specialist, he combines his professional experiences and personal background to deliver an informative and inspiring children’s book: Why Is Sam So Sad? Seasonal Affective disorder and Depression from a Child’s Perspective (Christian Faith Publishing).

The son of a librarian, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Special Education LD/ED and earned a Master’s Degree from University of Northern Arizona for Early Childhood Education.

His adventurous side has been served by scuba-diving in Jamaica, mountain-biked down the hills of Park City Utah, jumping out of a plane twice, hiking from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the top of Mount Humphries and then hiking to the top the top of Mount Timpanogos in Utah. He also jumped into the freezing cold waters during the polar plunge.