Scottish Picture Book Author Honoured in 2015 International Book Awards

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Dundee, 28.5.15 – “Webster’s Email” by Scottish author Hannah Whaley has been selected as an award-winning finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards in Los Angeles.

 

IBA_FinalistThe debut picture book of a former UK Learning Technologist of the Year, Webster’s Email is the first in a series of illustrated stories that introduce children to online safety and digital etiquette from a young age.

 

Selected from a range of English-language based books published over the last three years, Webster’s Email was honoured as a finalist amongst four other titles in the “Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction” category of the International Book Awards 2015. 

 

Now in its 6th year, the 2015 International Book Awards (IBA) this year reviewed over 1200 books from authors and publishers around the world before USA Book News announced the winners and finalists last week. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest has been the biggest since the program began in 2009.

 

Webster’s Email is a wonderfully witty rhyming story that gathers pace as the little spider begins to regret emailing a funny picture of his sister when it spreads beyond his control. Written and illustrated by Hannah Whaley, the book was independently published by Born Digital Books in 2014 and marketed entirely online.

 

Speaking about the award, Hannah said:
“I am delighted to see my debut work recognised on an international level, and especially given the scale of the competition with authors from 15 countries across the globe reviewed. It’s turning out to be an exciting year for Webster’s Email!”

 

Hannah has followed up this book with Webster’s Bedtime, and a third in the planned series is due later this year, entitled Webster’s Friend.

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