FAPA President's Book Awards For 2021

Recognizing book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production.

2021 Book Awards Medalists

We are proud to announce the 2021 FAPA President’s Book Award winners! Our thanks, again, to the many librarians and publishing professions who served as judges this year and to the incredibly talented authors who submitted their books.

And the Winners are…

Adult Fiction – General

  • GOLD:  Terry Lewis – Incognito
  • SILVER:  Bette Lee Crosby – A Million Little Lies
  • BRONZE:  Gerald Jones – Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner: A Novel 

    Adult Fiction – Historical

    • GOLD:  Sandra Montanino – The Weight of Salt
    • SILVER:  Janet Post – Cracker Justice
    • BRONZE: Terry Lewis – Incognito

      Adult Fiction – Mystery/Suspense

      • GOLD: Terry Lewis – Incognito
      • SILVER:  Deborah ShlianDeep Waters
      • BRONZE: Rena Kootz – Locked and Loaded for Justice

        Adult Fiction – Thriller/Horror

        • GOLD:  Linda Whitaker – The Crucible of Steele
        • SILVER:  Deborah Shlian – Deep Waters
        • BRONZE: Alan Pessin – Sandblast

          Adult Fiction – Romance

          • GOLD:  Phillip Vega – Searching for Sarah
          • SILVER:  Dana Brown – Noah’s Lark

            Adult Fiction – SciFi

            • GOLD:  Janet Post – Let There be Dragons
            • SILVER:  Esther Wallace – The Eternal Struggle
            • BRONZE: Susan Klaus – Flight of the Golden Harpy III, Sons of Shail

              Adult Fiction – Anthology/Collection

              • GOLD:  David Joseph – The Old Men Who Row Boats and Other Stories
              • SILVER:  Parker Francis – Ghostly Whispers, Secret Voices
              • BRONZE: Gale Massey – Rising and Other Stories

                Young Adult – Fiction

                • GOLD:  Susan Loh – Raven
                • SILVER:  H. J. Ramsay – Ever Alice
                • BRONZE: Endy Wright – The Omicron Six

                  Young Adult – Non-Fiction

                  • SILVER:  Kome Onokpise – Crazy, Lazy Corn!

                    Children – Education

                    • GOLD:  Deirdre Mountcastle – Winston Loves Turtles
                    • SILVER:  Giray Okten –The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya
                    • BRONZE: Akiya Maston –The Wonder Years of Middle School

                      Children – General

                      • GOLD:  Sherrill Cannon – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book
                      • SILVER:  Kitty O’Meara – And The People Stayed Home
                      • BRONZE:  Deborah Burggraaf – BHANTE-The Corgi of O’side

                        Children – Sci-Fi/Fantasy

                        • GOLD:  Eileen Hobbs – The Heath Cousins and the Crystal Canyon
                        • SILVER:  Taylor Smythe – Kingdom of Florida: The Golden Alligator

                          Children – Grades 4-6

                          • GOLD:  Robert Ernst – Harry and the Hooligans
                          • SILVER:  D. G. Stern – Time Tale
                          • BRONZE:  Sharon Goldman – The Land of NO: A Story of Positivity

                            Children – Grades K-3

                            • GOLD:  Eddie Price – Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree!
                            • SILVER:  Michelle Feinberg – Please Don’t Tell Cooper He’s a Dog
                            • SILVER:  Bibi LeBlanc – Endangered Animals of North America
                            • BRONZE:  Valerie Crowe – Are You A Dragon?

                              Children – Picture Book

                              • GOLD:  Marlene Bell – Mia and Nattie One Great Team!
                              • SILVER:  Michelle Feinberg – Please Don’t Tell Cooper He’s a Dog
                              • BRONZE:  Diana Braddom – Margot’s Missing Scrunchie

                                Children – Preschool

                                • GOLD:  Michelle Feinberg – Please Don’t Tell Cooper He’s a Dog
                                • BRONZE:  Rhonda Goodall – Frizzle

                                  Adult Non-Fiction – General

                                  • GOLD:  Mike Gaylor – Man’s Search for Cabagery
                                  • SILVER:  Karen Hamilton – Lostman’s Heritage: Pioneers in the Florida Everglades
                                  • BRONZE: Doug Alderson – America’s Alligator

                                     Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

                                    • GOLD:  Richard Herman – The Unopened Letter: How a dose of reality changed a young man’s life forever
                                    • SILVER:  Tara Alemany – The Best is Yet to Come
                                    • BRONZE: Vanna Nguyen – The Life She Once Knew: The Incredible True Story of Vanna Nguyen Queena, the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor

                                      Cookbook/Home & Garden

                                      • GOLD:  Pat Stanford – A Motley Miscellany

                                        Coffee Table Book

                                        • GOLD:  Elizabeth Holmes – HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style
                                        • SILVER:  Norville Parchment – Dancing, and Other Problems: A Very 2020 Sketchbook
                                        • BRONZE:  Maurice Majszek – Historic Tallahassee

                                          Business

                                          • GOLD:  Ginger Marks – 2021 Holiday Marketing Guide
                                          • BRONZE:  Tara Richter – How to Run A Business During a Zombie Apocalypse

                                            How To/Self Help

                                            • GOLD:  Tara Alemany – The Best is Yet to Come
                                            • SILVER:  Mariana Dani Torchia – Do Cheese Puffs Grow on Trees? Your Body, Your Life
                                            • BRONZE:  Sheri Fink – InstaGrateful: Finding Your Bliss in a Social

                                              Poetry

                                              • GOLD:  Linda Albert – Charting the Lost Continent: Poetry and Other Discoveries
                                              • SILVER:  Susan Zan – From Suffering to Salve: My Journey to Happiness
                                              • BRONZE:  Peter Schmitt – Goodbye, Apostrophe

                                                Inspirational

                                                • GOLD:  Mike Gaylor – Man’s Search for Cabagery
                                                • SILVER:  Tara Alemany – The Best is Yet to Come
                                                • BRONZE:  Deborah Burggraaf – BHANTE-The Corgi of O’side

                                                  Religion/Spirituality

                                                  • GOLD:  Mike Gaylor – Man’s Search for Cabagery
                                                  • SILVER:  Jeff Walton – Divine Return: Death is Never the End
                                                  • BRONZE:  Rhonda Goodall Where’d Grandma Go?

                                                    Sports/Recreation/Fitness

                                                    • BRONZE:  Nicki Brommer Gull Lake Memories – A kayaking adventure

                                                      Health

                                                      • GOLD:  Jill Grimes – The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook
                                                      • SILVER:  Marie Ruggles – Optimize Your Immune System: Create Health and Resilience with a Kitchen Pharmacy
                                                      • BRONZE:  Mariana Dani Torchia – Do Cheese Puffs Grow on Trees? Your Body, Your Life

                                                        Humor 

                                                        • SILVER:  John Pendray 50 Years of Christmas Letters

                                                          Political/Current Events

                                                          • GOLD:  Kelly Baker The Zombies Are Coming: The Realities of the Zombie  Apocalypse in American Culture
                                                          • SILVER:  Edward Mike – Salvaging Civilization: Uniting America with Christian Values

                                                            Reference

                                                            • SILVER:  Scott Lorenz Book Title Generator: A Proven System in Naming Your Book
                                                            • BRONZE:  Susanne Schuenke – Echo of the Unconscious in Painting: A Case Study

                                                              Cover Design – Adult

                                                              • GOLD:  Pat Stanford – A Motley Miscellany; Misfit Poems That Fit Together
                                                              • SILVER:  Mark Barie – Sister Marguerite and the Captain
                                                              • BRONZE:  Cate Bronson – CLONEDROID: The New Wave

                                                                Cover Design – Young Adult

                                                                • GOLD:  Renee Garrison – Anchored Together

                                                                  Cover Design – Juvenile 

                                                                  • SILVER:  Hayley Rose – The Thankful Unicorn: Dream
                                                                  • BRONZE:  Susan Fay Ryan – Thaddeus, Keep Your Eye on the Ball

                                                                    Children’s’ Book Illustration

                                                                    • BRONZE:  Susan Fay Ryan – Thaddeus, Keep Your Eye on the Ball
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