At a gala dinner at the Digital Book World conference in New York on January 15, 2015, Virginia Wolf, published by Kids Can Press, was awarded the Digital Book Award for Ebook — Fixed Format/Enhanced (Children).
The ebook edition of the Governor General’s Literary Award–winning picture book was produced by the Digital Publishing team at Kids Can Press and ebook developer Laura Brady of Brady Type, an ebook conversion house and book production company, based in Toronto, Canada.
Virginia Wolf, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, is a gentle story of sisterly love, loosely based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell. In homage to the beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered story, the enhancements in the ebook version are deliberately understated yet boldly dynamic.
Now in its fifth year, the Digital Book Awards acknowledges innovation, creativity and excellence in all aspects of digital book publishing — ebooks, enhanced ebooks and apps — to showcase and reward the work of authors, developers and publishers.
Kids Can Press was an early adopter of ebook technology and one of the first children’s publishers to convert picture books for ereaders. There are currently 150 ebooks available from Kids Can Press (more than half of which are enhanced with read-along audio), distributed through various vendors worldwide.
Kids Can Press, part of the Corus Entertainment family, is the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher. For over forty years, Kids Can Press has produced an award-winning list of over 700 picture books, nonfiction and fiction titles for young readers, including the worldwide-bestselling Franklin the Turtle, Scaredy Squirrel and CitizenKid collection.
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