By Land Ahoy Press

Treasure Isle Wins Gold in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Awards judged by more than 150 school children in the United Kingdom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1 April 2022Treasure Isle: A Swashbuckling Tale of a Boy and his Parrot, a children’s picture book written by Catherine Corcoran and illustrated by Natalie Lundeen, has been awarded Gold in the annual Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Named a Finalist in February, Treasure Isle went on to take a Gold award based on quality of editing, theme, style and illustrations. 

According to The Wishing Shelf Award founder, Mr. Edward Trayer, the award is decided each year by the intended reader, rather than a panel of experts. 

Mr. Trayer says that a vital part of the school curriculum in the United Kingdom is for children to master the ability to be critical of a book. The Wishing Shelf Award gives children at participating schools the opportunity to dissect and assess a text.

Treasure Isle’s author, Ms. Corcoran, said, “Children are the most honest critics of all, so I am extremely proud that Treasure Isle was awarded Gold in this year’s awards. This would not have been possible without Natalie Lundeen’s charming illustrations.”

Treasure Isle: A Swashbuckling Tale of a Boy and his Parrot is published by Land Ahoy Press and is available at

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About The Wishing Shelf Award

The annual Wishing Shelf Award has been in operation since 2016 and receives around 400 entries each year. Entrants are judged by approximately 150 school children, as well as reading groups in the UK and Sweden, with a focus on editing, theme, style and illustrations. 

About Treasure Isle

Written by Catherine Corcoran and illustrated by Portland-based artist, Natalie Lundeen, Treasure Isle incorporates the comforting repetition common to children’s stories as it tells the tale of an unexpected adventure. The book is the recipient of a Gold award from the Wishing Shelf Book Award, received five star reviews from Reedsy and Readers’ Favorite and is described as “an entertaining bedtime story with swashbuckling fun and delightful images” by prestigious literary critic Kirkus Reviews. To find out more, visit