Khyentse Foundation and Bala Kids are delighted to announce that Carol Dodd is the winner of this year’s Children’s Book Prize. Carol Dodd is a first-time author based in Hawai’i. She wrote a magical, lyrical children’s book on impermanence for ages 4 to 8, which will be published through Bala Kids in 2021. The theme that runs through this sweet, accessible telling is that “Everything changes, day to night. Everything changes, and that’s all right.”

Ivan Bercholz, publisher of Bala Kids, says, “Carol’s book simply and beautifully introduces the idea of impermanence through poetic and playful verse. We are so happy to add this book to our growing list of Buddhist children’s books.” And Noa Jones, creative director of The Middle Way School, notes, “The story is lovely and fits perfectly in our school’s impermanence unit.”

The Bala Kids team would like to thank everyone who submitted their thoughtful and inspirational stories on Buddhist themes. We are also thankful for the chance to once again collaborate with Khyentse Foundation in our shared vision of making Buddhist resources accessible to children of all ages.


About the Winner

Carol Dodd is a resident of Hawai’i and loves living close to the ocean. The southern-most point of the United States, Ka Lae, is visible from her driveway. Carol spent many years working in public and school libraries, giving her a deep appreciation for books of all kinds, especially children’s books. She has also worked as a reading tutor for elementary-school children through the Success for All Program. Carol strives to practice loving kindness, and she is inspired by the teachings of Ani Tenzin Palmo and the Dalai Lama.


About the Prize

With a shared vision to inspire and educate generations to come, and to encourage the development of Buddhist resources for parents and children, Khyentse Foundation and Bala Kids (Shambhala Publications’ new children’s imprint) teamed up in 2017 to offer the Khyentse Foundation Children’s Book Prize for the best Buddhist children’s manuscript. Submissions of exceptional stories for children ages 0 to 8, both fiction and nonfiction, from all Buddhist traditions, are warmly welcomed, and new authors are especially encouraged to apply. The winning submission will receive a prize of $5,000 and will be offered a publishing contract from Bala Kids. The first winner of the prize was Carolyn Kanjuro for her book  Sit With Me. 

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