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  • Published: 5 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241597385
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $35.00

The Little Book of Joy




The only children's book from two friends, the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this picture book adaptation of the bestseller The Book of Joy will show all young readers how to find joy, even when it is hiding.

Joy is the warm tingly feeling of the sun tickling your toes in the morning.
It's the giggly, squiggly feeling when you are doing something silly.
Even when you wake to the rain and your joy is washed away, it's waiting at the bottom of the puddle.

Two friends, the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, share this uplifting picture book story about their childhoods, showing young readers how to find joy even in uncertain times.

This is a charming story of how every child has joy inside them, even when it sometimes hides, and how we can find it, keep it close, and grow it by sharing it with the world.

This picture book adaptation of the international bestseller, The Book of Joy, is full of the humour, friendship, and deep affection between two spiritual leaders. It is a timely gift for challenging times and a reminder that joy is abundant - no matter what challenges we face - if we only know how to find it.

Vibrantly illustrated by award-winning Rafael López, this is a perceptive, joyful hug of a picture book, perfect to reassure and inspire all young readers.

  • Published: 5 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241597385
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $35.00

About the authors

Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa, became a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial reconciliation in South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information please visit tutu.org.za.

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