Local Author Receives National Recognition

The 2022 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards recently recognized Sparky’s Rescue: A Place to Call Home by local author Deborah Burggraaf, in the category of Children’s-General, as a gold medal winner.

Hosted by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, this prestigious national award is open to books published between 2020 and 2022. The judges for this national competition are librarians, educators and publishing professionals.

“The FAPA President’s Book Award exists to promote excellence in the publishing industry by recognizing talented contemporary authors who put both heart and soul into their work. FAPA is proud to be a champion of authors and publishers going the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect,” said Pat Stanford, a past president of FAPA.

Sparky’s Rescue: A Place to Call Home is an inspirational children’s picture book, published by Protective Hands Communications, which takes the reader on a journey as, Sparky, a rescue dog, searches to find his forever home.

“We are proud to announce this year’s winners, who truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate. Their works are representative of creative storytelling, bold concepts and innovative ideas, which make the President’s Book Awards so well respected by librarians and those in the publishing industry. We salute all our winners for their fine work,” FAPA’s Immediate Past President, Renee Garrison explained.

The Florida Authors and Publishers Association is an organization for authors, publishers, illustrators, editors, printers and other professionals involved in the publishing industry. It focuses on providing the highest quality of information, resources and professional development to members and others interested in the writing and publishing profession.