About the Book

Joy and the Far Away Land is based on a true story about Joy, when she went to Russia in her childhood, with a Play called Peace Child, during the Cold War.

The book is part of the My Home Library with the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, that gives books to economically disadvantaged school children.  Joy has been going into schools talking to thousands of children and teaching a message of peace and love. 

In the book, Joy has big dreams to spread the power of friendship everywhere she goes.  After an amazing adventure to a far away land where she meets a special friend, she realizes how important it is to encourage people to love one another.  Join Joy on her beautiful journey of peace and hope for all of the children across the world!







"Got this book as a gift and she LOVES it. It’s her absolute favorite, and she loves a lot of books so that is really saying something. Bright colors and fun visuals for kids (all the favorites including balloons, lady bugs, rainbows, parties and more). I highly recommend this book for kiddos of any age." - Chelsea Beauchamp

"Joy has such a strong commitment to make a difference for children. She knows that the future state of world peace will be dependent upon our children and what we teach them. This book exemplifies the joy (pun absolutely intended) she wants to share with everyone. Enjoy the moments you get to spend in Joy’s world." - Shannon Sinclair

"This book is brilliant and playful for all audiences. The message is so important and powerful. Simply through a child’s adventures you see how truly easy it can can be to love and accept those different from you. A sweet story with adorable illustrations. Both my kids loved it and it was a classroom favorite!" - Tracie Armand-Bauer


"Joy and the Far Away Land" offers an explosion of color with a very powerful, yet simple message. If we could remember to look through the eyes of a child the world would be a safer place to live and play. Joy went beyond the words and illustrated her story herself. I sent this book to the next generation of grand nieces and nephews. They enjoyed this easy to read message wrapped in vivid illustrations." - Joseph R. Petrie

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