"The Crystal Beads: Lalka's Journey" by Pat Black Gould Wins Prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award

Oct 25, 2023 by Alexa Bigwarfe, in News & updates

Purple Butterfly Press celebrated yet another landmark moment this week as the Florida Writers Association (FWA) announced the winners of the 2023 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Among the celebrated recipients was "The Crystal Beads: Lalka's Journey" by renowned author Pat Black Gould. This marks the third award this book has won, including the Moonbeam Children's Book Award - Gold Medal Winner and Northern Lights Book Award - Winner of the Picture Book All Ages Category.

This beautifully illustrated Gold Medal award-winning book is inspired by a true story and told from a child's perspective. The story is one of sacrifice and bravery and highlights the hidden children of the Holocaust. Readers will witness how people can come together, despite differences, when it really matters.

Although a children's book, The Crystal Beads, Lalka's Journey, is designed for ages 7 to adults. It contains two study guides. One is for children, parents, and teachers. The other is for adults who may gather in places of worship, book clubs, and small groups. Discussion topics include themes of compassion, empathy, and diversity.

Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) is a prestigious writing competition that recognizes extraordinary writing in 20+ genre categories for adults and 5 for youth and provides objective and constructive written assessments to all entrants. 

Author Pat Black Gould expressed her gratitude, stating she is ""honored to receive a Gold Medal for my book that promotes tolerance and acceptance of each other...despite our differences."

"The Crystal Beads: Lalka's Journey" is available in all major bookstores and online retailers.