On Saturday, October 1st at 10:30am at La Jolla Riford Library Warwick’s, in partnership with La Jolla Riford Library, will host Rafael López as he discusses and signs his new book, The Little Book of Joy. Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist. He is the illustrator of many New York Times bestsellers, including Jacqueline Woodson's The Day You Begin and Sonia Sotomayor's Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. His illustrations bring diverse characters to children’s books, and he is driven to produce and promote books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. He is the recipient of the 2017 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, three Pura Belpré honors, and two Américas Awards. He splits his time between San Diego and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Nobel Peace Prize winners His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share their own childhood struggles to show young readers how they can thrive and find joy even during the most challenging times in this picture book adaptation of the international bestseller The Book of Joy.
If you just focus on the thing that is making you sad, then the sadness is all you see. But if you look around, you will see that joy is everywhere.
In their only collaboration for children, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu use their childhood stories to show young people how to find joy even in hard times and why sharing joy with others makes it grow. The two spiritual masters tell a simple story, vibrantly brought to life by bestselling illustrator Rafael López, 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.
Sprung from the friendship, humor, and deep affection between these holy men, the book is a perfectly timed and important gift from two revered spiritual leaders to children. It is a reminder that joy is abundant—no matter what challenges we face—and has the power to transform the world around us even in the darkest of times.