Dundee author wins award for picture book
Story: Prizewinning book Webster’s Email introduces children to online safety
A Dundee author has said she is “thrilled” to have been honoured with a top writing prize.
Hannah Whaley, who works at Dundee University library, won the Writing Magazine award after producing Webster’s Email, a picture book designed to introduce children to online safety.
Writing Magazine declared the work the best self-published book of the year – and awarded Hannah a £750 prize.
She said: “I am absolutely thrilled that my debut work has been recognised at such a high level, and very appreciative of the validation that this award brings to my books.
“To receive the top honour in Writing Magazine’s SP Book of the Year Award has made me immensely proud, especially considering mine is a children’s picture book being judged alongside all other categories of writing.”
The debut book tells the story of Webster, who begins to regret emailing a funny picture to his sister when it spreads far and wide.
It is one of a series of books, with a sequel also being recently published.
Jonathan Telfer, editor of Writer’s News and Writing Magazine, said: “Picture books for children are one of the hardest things to get right, but Hannah gets everything just right in Webster’s Email, so she’s a very deserving winner.”
Hannah added: “Children still learn about the world through stories and books, and the children’s book market continues to prosper accordingly.
“In a world where teenagers are plagued by oversharing mistakes and online predators, parents are embracing the idea of starting conversations about the social issues of technology early and gently with young children through their beloved books.”
Hannah Whaley said she was thrilled to have won the Writing Magazine award for her book.
Two of the characters from Hannah’s book.