Feathers for Peacock Wins Awards (and a gold seal) …

It’s been a while since Feathers for Peacock was published, and even longer since I actually finished the artwork but I’m excited to announce that it’s an award winner of the Best Book Awards 2016 (for Children’s Picture Books; Hardcover Fiction) and is a finalist in the Foreword INDIES Award for Picture Books Early Readers.

The ‘Best Book’ Awards say the following:

‘Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules blends folktale motifs from around the world to offer an original explanation for why the peacock has such beautiful feathers….Helen Cann’s stunning illustrations give young readers fun opportunities to identify the colors and plant life of spring. Feathers for Peacock is a gently humorous tale of generosity and friendship.’

Which is nice.

Announced at the American Book Fest in Los Angeles in November, there were 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers that were narrowed down to 400 winners and finalists in 100 categories. The panel of industry judges have ‘extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise’ so it’s great to be honoured by them. And there’s even a golden seal. I have always wanted one of them…

The Foreword INDIES awards are for books chosen from over 2,250 entries in the U.S. and represent some of the best from the non-Big 5 publishers there. I have often worked with small publishers like Wisdom Tales and I always appreciate their passion for high quality books with heart, rather than corporate thinking and simple profit.  As the Foreword Review site puts it ‘…independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books’ in the world and these awards honour the best of them. It’s a real pleasure to be included in the list.

The results will be announced in June so who knows, but whatever, I’m looking forward to seeing where Peacock flies to next on his independent wings…. And if I’m very lucky may be there’ll be another gold seal to add to my collection…

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Pewter Plate Award

Well, I didn’t expect this in the post!

A lovely boxed-up and wrapped-in-tissue-paper surprise arrived for me at the beginning of the week. I am the very proud recipient of a pewter plate award from Highlights Magazine for illustration of the month (September) for ‘Hippos Hippos’… See the post a few months back about it in the article –  illustrating for magazines.

Highlights have been a stalwart feature in the American children’s magazine market since 1946 and have sold over a billion copies. Its motto ‘fun with purpose’ is reflected in the well loved collection of stories, characters, jokes and puzzles appearing every month.  I’ve tried to find out the back story of the pewter plate award but without luck.  Regardless of this, whether it’s a publisher tradition or a new innovation, it takes some effort to honour a different illustrator 12 times a year in this way. Magazine illustrations are inherently ephemera so, although I would expect to be treated professionally, I wouldn’t expect too much from the publisher/illustrator relationship in general. Which is why this is so lovely and has made me feel appreciated even more so.

I have won a number of awards before (for my illustration for books) but it’s also a very rare occasion that I receive something tangible so it will, no doubt, hold pride of place on a bookshelf in the studio!

Pewter plate award