Beachy Book’s first children’s picture book, Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures, has won the Children’s category of the 2011 David St John Thomas (DSJT) Charitable Trust Self Publishing Award, in association with Writers’ News and Writing Magazine, held on 11th May 2011 at Mary Sumner House in London.
Philip Bell, author of the book was there to collect the award, including a cheque for £250, from David St John Thomas and had his photograph taken along with winners from other categories in adult fiction, non fiction, poetry and anthologies.
Philip said, “We were thrilled to have been nominated for this well respected award, and then to have finally won the children’s category has made all our hard work worthwhile. We are very grateful to the trust and it has really inspired us to keep self publishing!”
DSJT Charity Founder and President of Writing Magazine, David St John Thomas, praised Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures and said, as well as winning the Children’s Award, the book also came “highly commended” for overall Self Publisher of the Year from all categories, and said it was seriously considered for The Winner of Winners award.
Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures was written, designed, illustrated and published by husband and wife team, Philip and Eleanor Bell, under their publishing company Beachy Books. It follows the adventures of two children on a beach finding treasures washed ashore at low tide. It also includes lots of real world nature images, a spotter guide and family beach ideas, which combine into fun, fact-filled fiction. The book has a unique look and style, written in poetic prose with bright illustrations over real photographs. Illustrator, Eleanor Bell said, “We draw inspiration from our own family days out with our two creative children – the real Jack and Boo!”