Sunday, April 11, 2021

Local Author and Artist Awarded



The Annual 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards recognized “Bully Billy is Back! The Burrowing Owls Are Worried” by Dr. Dolores Burton and illustrator Jo-Ann Sanborn, in the category of Children’s Literature as a Bronze medal winner.

Hosted by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, this prestigious national award is open to books published between 2016 and 2017.

“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 Jane R. Wood, President-Elect of FAPA.

“Bully Billy Is Back! The Burrowing Owls Are Worried” is a picture book for children ages 3 to 8 published by Breaklight Publications, which tells the story of Manny, a small Burrowing Owl, who has difficulty learning new things. While making fun of Manny, Bully Billy is injured. Later, when Manny sees Bully Billy in danger, he gets help from Owlivia, a brave, strong barn owl. Owlivia then leads all the owls out of danger as she did in “But You Don’t Look Like Me!” Bully Billy is saved and he decides it is better to be a friend than a bully. The book includes resources about bullying.

Medals were awarded at the annual FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet held this year at the Hilton Orlando Buena

Vista Palace in the Disney Springs TM Area of Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

“We are proud to announce this year’s winners who truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate. We had a record number of entries this year. Competition was stiff! We salute all of our winners for their fine work,” said FAPA’s President, Terri Gerrell.

The Florida Authors & Publishers Association is an organization for authors, publishers, independent 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *