West Lothian Courier News
A West Lothian children’s book publisher has picked up a prestigious award less than a year after releasing their first title.
PMGJ Storybooks was named the Prestige Scotland Children’s Book Retailer of the Year 2021/2022.
The company which comprises author Paul Walsh and illustrator Graeme Young launched in November last year with their kids’ book, ‘Fash, Chaps n’ Banz’.
And the award coincided with the release of their new book, ‘The McScarf’s’ which has already been snapped up by many families in West Lothian.
Paul and Graeme are also about to launch their promo video which will be available on PMGJ Storybooks’ Facebook Instagram pages which was shot in Princes St Gardens in Edinburgh.
Paul explained: “We managed to pull in nationalities from all around the world to read their book with the backdrop of the castle in shot.
“We had a fair mix of children and adults who embraced the Scot’s language, some were fantastic at reading Scots for the first time.
“We had Brazilians, Germans, Latvians, Irish, English, Chinese and a few others – it was truly diverse and exactly in line with what we’re trying to achieve with The McScarf’s – a showcase of how diverse and multi-cultural our nation really is.”
The Prestige Awards were launched to celebrate the businesses and individuals that consistently offer excellent products and services to local residents, expats and tourist visitors alike.
The judging panel base their decisions upon areas such as service excellence, quality of the product/service provided, innovative practices, value, ethical or sustainable methods of working, as well as consistency in performance.
The winners selected are those who can best demonstrate their strengths in these areas. All winners are featured in a celebratory awards magazine, published both digitally and in print, which is circulated to Prestige subscribers.
Paul continued: “PMGJ Storybooks won Children’s Book Retailer of the Year for Scotland based upon our growing range of fun-filled, family focussed storybooks.
“Our work in the local community, supporting a range of charities was also noted when we were informed of the win.”