Florida Book Awards

Florida Book Award

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Congratulations to our 2015 Florida Book Awards Winners!

Children's Literature
Florida Nonfiction
General Fiction
General NonFiction
Popular Fiction
Visual Arts
Young Adult Literature
Spanish Language Book

Children's Literature

Children’s Literature

Gold/Reichert AwardIt’s a Seashell Day (Blue Apple Books) by Dianne Ochiltree (Sarasota), illustrations by Elliot Kreloff

SilverMonster Trouble (Sterling Children's Books) by Lane Fredrickson (Delray Beach), illustrated by Michael Robertson

BronzeMoving Target (Scholastic) by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Coral Gables)


Florida Non-Fiction

Florida Non-Fiction

Gold: Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change (University of Georgia Press) by Susan Cerulean (Tallahassee)

SilverGeorge Merrick: Son of the South Wind (University Press of Florida) by Arva M. Parks

BronzeDemocracy Abroad, Lynching at Home (University Press of Florida) by Tameka Bradley Hobbs


General Fiction

General Fiction

GoldI'd Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Jesse Goolsby (Tallahassee)

Silver: Free to Be (Life Everlasting Press) by Gracie L. Chandler (Jacksonville)

BronzeThe Headmaster’s Darlings  (University of South Carolina Press) by Katherine Clark (Pensacola)


General Non-Fiction

General Non Fiction

GoldRain: A Natural and Cultural History (Crown Publishing) by Cynthia Barnett (Gainesville)

SilverDefining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front (University of North Carolina Press) by J. Matthew Gallman (Gainesville)

BronzeChallenge and Change: Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism and the Baby Boom Generation (University Press of Florida) by June Melby Benowitz (Sarasota)




GoldGog (Black Lawrence Press) by Brandi George (Tallahassee)

SilverAwaiting Your Impossibilities (Anhinga Press) by Donald Morrill (Tampa)

BronzeThe Crossing (Dzanc Books) by Jonathan Fink (Pensacola)


Popular Fiction

Popular Fiction

GoldAfter the Fall (Oceanview Publishing) by Patricia Gussin (Longboat Key)

Silver: The Price of Justice (Thomas and Mercer) by Marti Green (The Villages)

BronzePerception of Power (BATJAK Publishing) by Bruce Thomason (Jacksonville Beach)


Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Gold:  Coastal Dune Lakes (Live Oak Production Group) by Nic Stoltzfus (Blountstown)

SilverTicks and Politics  (Tall Timbers Press) by Robert L. Crawford (Thomasville, GA)


Spanish Language

Spanish Language

Gold274 (Panamericana Editorial) by Andres Pi Andreu (Miami)


Young Adult

Young Adult

GoldThe Five Stages of Andrew Brawley (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse) by Shaun David Hutchinson (Port St. Lucie)

Silver: The Savants (Suspense Publishing) by Patrick Kendrick (West Palm Beach)

BronzeMotherless (Lisa Hagan Books) by Gabriel Horn (St. Petersburg)

2015 FBA Winners by Location

Cynthia Barnett (Gainesville)
June Melby Benowitz (Sarasota)
Susan Cerulean (Tallahassee)
Gracie L. Chandler (Jacksonville)
Katherine Clark (Pensacola)
Robert L. Crawford (Thomasville, GA)
Jonathan Fink (Pensacola)
Lane Fredrickson (Delray Beach)
J. Matthew Gallman (Gainesville)
Brandi George (Tallahassee)
Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Coral Gables)
Jesse Goolsby (Tallahassee)
Marti Green (The Villages)
Patricia Gussin (Longboat Key)
Tameka Bradley Hobbs (Pembroke Pines)
Gabriel Horn (St. Petersburg)
Shaun David Hutchinson (Port St. Lucie)
Patrick Kendrick (West Palm Beach)
Donald Morrill (Tampa)
Diane Ochiltree (Sarasota)
Arva M. Parks (Miami)
Nic Stoltzfus (Blountstown)
Bruce Thomason (Jacksonville Beach)