Bala Kids Buddhist Stories for Kids: Jataka Tales of Kindness, Friendship, & Forgiveness
Bala Kids Buddhist Stories for Kids: Jataka Tales of Kindness, Friendship, & Forgiveness

Buddhist Stories for Kids: Jataka Tales of Kindness, Friendship, & Forgiveness

By Laura Burges


Publication Date: December 6, 2022

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

A wise and colorful collection of ten Buddhist fables, this modern telling of ancient Indian stories, centering around animals and nature, teaches vibrant and timeless life lessons. (Ages 4-8)

Long ago, the Buddha told his followers Jataka Tales, or “birth stories,” about the many lifetimes he lived before he was born as Prince Siddhartha. In this beautiful retelling of ten such stories, the Buddha is introduced as the Queen of the Dogs, a loyal Parrot, a mischievous Monkey, a wise Lion, a brave Forest Owlet, and more.


Each story conveys important morals that are short, sweet, and to the point, giving children a handful of useful lessons to apply to their lives, like “Always try to do the right thing, even when no one else is watching.”


These tales are brought to life with stunning and dreamlike illustrations  by Sonali Zohra (illustrator of Ashoka the Fierce), exploring in vivid detail how one’s actions affect others; the importance of kindness; the strength of friendship; the value of thoughtful decisions; and the importance of letting go and learning to forgive. With a beautiful paper-over-board package to tie it all together, this book will serve as a timeless and treasured offering for both children and adults.

About the Author

LAURA BURGES (Ryuko Eitai) is a lay entrusted Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She lectures, offers classes, and leads retreats at the San Francisco Zen Center and at other practice places in Northern California. She is the abiding teacher at Lenox House Meditation Group in Oakland. Laura taught children for 35 years and now mentors other teachers.

Author Residence: Oakland, California

SONALI ZOHRA is an illustrator from Bangalore, India. Her work is inspired by her love of nature, history, mythology, philosophy, and spirituality—combined with her education in fine art and photography and a master’s in design. She has illustrated several children’s books over the years and has received awards for her work. Her illustrations evolve and grow as she does; she enjoys this process profoundly.

Illustrator Residence:Bangalore, India

Illustrator Hometown:Bangalore, India

Format: Hardcover Paper over boards

Length: 76 pages

Publisher: Bala Kids

Publication Date: December 6, 2022

ISBN: 9781611809305

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