Jan Smith WINS IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award!
4 June 2021
We are very proud to announce that 'A Letter from Tashi: A Snow Leopard Tale', illustrated by Beehive's Jan Smith and written by Carrie Hasler is a IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award Winner! The award celebrates the very best in independent book publishing. A letter from Tashi features in the Children's Picture Book (4-7 Years) category.
Jan comments, "This is such and important book for me, and one of my proudest career moments! The style is different to many books I have worked on, and there was a lot of input from Carrie and Sandego Zoo, which meant it took longer than I would normally get! I am so happy with the way it turned out and grateful to Carrie and the Zoo for choosing me to be the illustrator."
Dusan Lakicevic did an outstanding job illustrating my book. He dutifully followed detailed art specifications and magnificently portrayed a diverse cast of characters. He also created the exciting scenes necessary to draw in and support developing readers. Having worked with dozens of illustrators in educational publishing, I’m happy to attest to Dusan’s engaging style and impressive artistic talent. He’s one of the best!Ann Gianola - Author of The Stolen Pharaoh for Delta Publishing UK