How To Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear is an ACE Awards Finalist

2019 Finalist

We are really proud that How To Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear, written by Jess French and illustrated by Angela Keoghan, has been selected as one of three finalists in the Best Children’s Publication category of the ACE Awards. Run by the Association of Creative Enterprises, these are awards that are for museums, galleries, places of interest and charities. How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear is eligible because it is published in collaboration with The National Trust, with whom we’ve been working since 2016 to produce books that encourage children to understand and enjoy the environment around them.

This beautifully illustrated book looks at different habitats around the world. There’s a species fact file for every habitat focusing on the fascinating creatures that live there, many of which are endangered, and a section on the actions that children can take to support that habitat, from planting native flowers for bees to never flushing wet-wipes down the loo. The book has had a particularly lovely response from parents and teachers, recognising the importance of the message that little things that children and families can do can improve the health of habitats around the world. Here are some of the comments that the bloggers and others have made:

“Utterly fascinating… a great new book for budding conservationists.”

– Read It Daddy blog

“Beautifully illustrated… the tone of the writing is perfect… a wonderful, positive book.”

– Odd Socks and Lollipops blog

“Lavishly and stunningly illustrated by Angela Keoghan, the book is very approachable and really speaks directly to the child – little things make a big difference, so everyone will feel encouraged to try.”

– Parents in Touch online magazine

“Find out about habitats around the world – from hedgerows and heathlands to oceans and jungles – and the creatures who live there. This book contains ways you can help animals, whether it’s looking after hedgehogs in your garden or campaigning to protect endangered species.”

– The Week Junior

“Perfect for all ages from 5 year olds to 105 years old, this is one not just for school but a perfect home addition as well.”

– Books for Topics

Here’s a look inside the book:

Buy the book.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the ACE2019 Gala Dinner on 28 February 2019 – congratulations, Jess and Angela!


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