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JT JESTER receives national recognition through the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®!
Detroit, Michigan — The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized How the Sailfish Got its Name by JT Jester in the category of Children’s: Fiction as a distinguished favorite. JT was also awarded WINNER in the category of Book Cover Design Children’s Picture Books. The award also honors Illustrators Aaron & Michele Grayum.
The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers, and professional copywriters. Selected IPA Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.
How the Sailfish Got its Name, by JT Jester, Illustrated by Aaron & Michelle Grayum, Fiction Winner in Book Cover Design Children’s Picture Books, and Distinguished favorite in Children’s Fiction Category.
About the Book
A marine life “Fish Story” where imagination comes alive for children of all ages.
Marine life will come alive with the story of the sailfish in this adventurous children’s book. Off the coast of Florida, a sailor is enjoying the sea, when something unexpected happens. A strong wind blows the sail into the water.
Introducing colorful fish like the barracuda, sailfish, and jellyfish.
Your child’s imagination is encouraged with colorful illustrations which offer instant child appeal. An easy and fun read, explore this ocean “fish tail” behind how the sailfish got its name. Written by author JT Jester, who has dyslexia and wrote this story at seven years old.
In 2023, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Scotland, and South Africa, participated.
Books submitted included writers based in cities such as Atlanta to Los Angeles; London to Nova Scotia; from Cape Town to Mumbai; from Albuquerque to New York City as well as others.
“We are proud to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2023 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. This year included an array of quality and diverse independent books,” Olczak said. “Independent publishing is pushing on every corner of the earth with great content. We are thrilled to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.
For more information please visit independentpressaward.com, and to see this year’s list of IPA Winners and Distinguished Favorites, please visit the website pages:
2023 WINNERS: https://www.independentpressaward.com/2023winners
2023 DISTINGUISHED FAVORITES: https://www.independentpressaward.com/2023df
About the author
JT Jester is a young entrepreneur, philanthropist, podcaster, and inspirational speaker based in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. A graduate of High Point University in North Carolina, JT Jester is also an experienced mountaineer, extreme skier, boater, hunter, and adventurer who has made it his life mission to encourage people to untether from natural or self-imposed limitations and live full, passionate lives.
Born with life-threatening VATER/VACTERL syndrome, as well as extreme dyslexia and short-term memory loss, he established the JT Mestdagh Foundation to bring encouragement, joy, and laughter to people with physical and learning disabilities and to their families. JT hopes that through his life experiences and other people’s stories, the reader is reminded there truly are no bad days and to never give up.
Author. Speaker. Adventure Enthusiast.
“I want to share my story so people who feel alone and discouraged might feel will, well, less alone and more confident.” – JT
By the time JT Jester was three years old, he had spent 250 days in the hospital, and he endured sixteen major surgeries before he was sixteen. Diagnosed with VATER Syndrome, a rare combination of several birth defects. JT’s life was anything but easy. On top of his physical challenges, he suffered dyslexia and short-term memory loss, which made learning nearly impossible for him. Yet JT pushed past his physical and educational roadblocks to achieving what many people told him he would never do—learn to read, graduate from high school, attend college, and become a successful motivational speaker, influential podcast host, and bestselling author.
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