I had some great news a few days ago: my illustrator, Dimitris Fousekis, called me late at night, sounding really excited: our children’s book, Whisker Smile (available only in Greek for now) had won the prestigious IBBY award!
Whisker Smile is our second children’s book published in Greece by Patakis Publications.
What is the IBBY award?
IBBY is a non-profit organization that was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953. Today, it is composed of 75 National Sections all over the world.
The Greek IBBY National Section is the Circle of the Greek Children’s Book, a non-profit, non-governmental cultural association, officially founded in 1969.
Today it has 347 individual members (writers, illustrators, translators, publishers, librarians, university professors, researchers, teachers, philologists, and psychologists). A seven-member Board elected biennially by the NS General Assembly administers it.
Congratulations to Dimitris Fousekis for his outstanding work. I’m thrilled that my story provided him with the inspiration for his wonderful sketches!