Kobee Manatee’s Climate Change Wins Prestigious IBPA Silver Ben Franklin Award!

Kobee Manatee’s Climate Change Wins Prestigious IBPA Silver Ben Franklin Award!

Author Robert Scott Thayer displays his IBPA Silver Benjamin Franklin Award in Orlando, Florida.

Greetings – I have some great news for you! We recently won the prestigious IBPA Silver Ben Franklin Award for our newest installment: Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard.

Who is IBPA?

IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) was, “founded to support independent publishers nationwide. The Independent Book Publishers Association leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 4,100 members, IBPA is the largest independent publishing association in the United States. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the same access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry.”

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Program is One of the Highest National Honors for Independent Publishers!

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program, which includes fifty-seven categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.

The awards are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, with help from over 170 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors.

​Each year, a gala award ceremony is held in conjunction with the IBPA Publishing University conference where one Gold and two Silver award winners are announced in each category. During the ceremony, all Gold winners receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement. Following the ceremony, winners are announced to major trade journals, select libraries, all IBPA social media channels (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the IBPA news feed), and more.

In addition, all winners (Gold and Silver) receive:

  • Recognition prior to the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
  • Archived listing after the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
  • A press release template to use when personally announcing the winning book(s).
  • A personalized award certificate.
  • Special award stickers to affix to the winning books.

As you can see, it sure is an honor for our latest installment, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard receiving the extraordinary IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award!

Our Award-Winning Climate Change Title – It’s Easy Effortless Reading with Kids!

Our award-winning fourth installment in the Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book series is and easy and effortless tool teaching kids about climate change. You can order it here: https://www.kobeemanatee.com/products/kobee-manatee-climate-change-and-the-great-blue-hole-hazard/

Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard – (Lexile Measure:790L)

When you read this award-winning educational picture book to children, you’ll discover it’s a fun and fictional adventure loaded with weaved in facts on climate change and plastic pollution. This helps children learn about this serious subject in a fun and entertaining way. Here’s a brief synopsis …

Kobee Manatee, the protagonist and his seafaring pals, Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab swim from the Cayman Islands to Belize. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn clean up plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater bistro called Quinn’s Seagrass Café.

On their Caribbean journey they encounter harmful effects of climate change and plastic pollution. As if that wasn’t enough, several other unforeseen problems occur with a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-of-war, and a venomous scorpionfish. They’re all amazed when they discover the extraordinary Great Blue Hole. Then their adventure takes another crazy turn when Pablo plunges into its huge abyss!

Each page includes in-depth, scientific details on climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans with Dr. Tracy FanaraInspector Planet & NOAA Scientist. Tracy can be seen on The Weather Channel as a visiting expert and she’s also seen on their “Weird Earth” segments.

We have Fantastic Reviews on this New Release!

“A well-crafted, thoughtful, and well-illustrated addition to a noteworthy educational book series.” Kirkus Reviews

“Robert Scott Thayer presents an important environmental message in an engaging story with wonderful characters. Anyone who loves the ocean and wants to help save it should read Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. I’m looking forward to the next Kobee Manatee adventure.”   Readers’ Favorite

For young readers who enjoy imaginative tales surrounding affable and heroic sea creatures, as well as parents and/or teachers looking for a way to introduce youngsters to the importance of marine conservation, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard offers a perfect blend. Highly recommended– Chanticleer Book Reviews

Keep watching for more of my updates on climate change!

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing manatees in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about manatees …


Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how manatees are rescued and brought into rehabilitation …


~ Robert Scott Thayer

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