Joy is Everywhere
Wow! I am currently reading Magnusson's The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly and am awed by the serendipity of reading A Little Book of Joy at the same time - cultivating joy is important at every stage of life!
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu tell a simple story of two young boys finding joy in hard times and how important it is to share joy when possible. This is a very sweet, gentle story which, when read often, will prompt quiet, thoughtful conversations with your child.
The Dalai Lama, An Archbishop, & An Artist
The Little Book of Joy grew out of the deep, joy-filled friendship between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus Tutu. If you are able, stream the Mission: Joy documentary about their decades-long friendship; here is a short trailer for the movie.
Rafael López is a New York Times bestselling, award winning illustrator, born and raised in Mexico City. His illustrations bring diverse characters to children’s books and he is driven to produce books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. He is the recipient of 3 Pura Belpré medals, the Schneider Family Book Award, Jane Addams Book Award, Tomas Rivera Book Award and is the illustrator of 3 New York Times bestsellers. López is a founder of the Urban Art Trail movement in San Diego’s East Village creating a series of large-scale murals bringing the community together.
I cannot think of another artist more qualified to illustrate The Little Book of Joy. If you share only one book with your child this year, I hope it will be this one.
Five Resilience-Building Habits for Children
Ideas for Making it Real
What is joy? Recent findings in neuroscience research echo ancient faith traditions in defining and cultivating joy:
How do we teach these ideas to our children?
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