Islandport Press’s children’s books win awards

YARMOUTH — Three Islandport Press children’s books, featuring subjects ranging from a clam chowder competition to adventure-seeking woodland creatures to allegorical tales of the sea, have been recognized for excellence by the 2021 Northern Lights Book Awards.

Based in Jamesville, N.Y., Northern Light Book Awards honors “Children’s Literature of Exceptional Merit” including traditionally published and self-published children’s books from around the world. Books must be printed in English and available online for purchase. E-books are not accepted.

The 2021 winners include in the Best Food Book category, “The Chowder Rules! The True Story of an EPIC Food Fight” written by Anna Crowley Redding and illustrated by Vita Lane. In the Best Illustrator category, “The Old Mainer and the Sea,” written by Jean Flahive and illustrated by Marie Dieumegard. In the Best Author/Illustrator category, “Hector Fox and the Giant Quest” by Astrid Sheckels. Co-winners were chosen in each category.

“The style of the illustration and the spirit of each book varies widely, but the common thread they share is the remarkable talent of the five creators, the timelessness of each story and the art,” said Dean L. Lunt, founder and editor-in-chief of Islandport Press. “We are thrilled for Anna, Vita, Jean, Mari and Astrid to be recognized with these awards, which are well-deserved.”

Earlier this year, “Chowder Rules!” was also recognized as a Lupine Award Honor Book.

The national Northern Lights Book Awards, which stems from an organization called Northern Dawn Awards, considers children’s books to be an art form and says it strives to honor books that excel in aesthetic and literary qualities and will leave a lasting impression.

“The idea behind the Northern Lights Book Awards came about when our first granddaughter was born,” wrote co-founder Kathleen Jacobs. “We spent hours looking for quality picture books to read to them and wanted to find a way to honor those who write, illustrate and publish exceptional books. After all, picture books are often the first portal into great literature and art, but more importantly, the right books can get children excited about reading.”

Islandport Press is an award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England.

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