Beki & Josh – Author & Illustrator

Beki Benjamin

The Idea for Mo

In 2018, I volunteered at a local school, to sit with children whilst they read aloud. There, I met a young boy called Finlay who wasn’t too keen on the books laid out before us.

We soon got chatting and that’s when he mentioned his Dad’s tractor and helping on the farm. So, I set off in search of some farming books that I thought he might like to read with me but I couldn’t find any in the bookshops.

No problem I thought….I’ll just write one.

I first put pen to paper while on holiday in Salcombe and by the end of the week I had written Dad’s Sandwich. The rest is history!

To my great surprise the book was met with such enthusiasm by many little ‘wannabe farmers’ all over the country that I kept going and Up the Apple Tree and Where’s Tumble swiftly followed.

About Me

I live in a beautiful rural village in south Warwickshire with my husband (Benj) and our cat (Charlie).

Back in the 90s I began working for an Agricultural PR company and for the last 13 years, we have owned a farming publication (Farm Contractor & Large Scale Farmer) – a magazine which was first printed in 1972. We have now sold the magazine in order for us to concentrate solely on Mo!

Illustrations

All of the pictures were created by the talented Josh Welsby. His illustrations really brought Mo to life and I can’t thank him enough.

Josh is a fantastic artist with a great future ahead of him. You can check out his website at http://jwelsby.carbonmade.com

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