Need something for the kiddos to do? Visit the Message the Author page to send a fun message directly to the author of Eli’s Balloon. Or head on over to the Printables page where to access FREE printables from the Eli’s Balloon Coloring Book. These days, keeping them busy with fun activities is essential, even if for 30 minutes. Get some me-time back while Eli takes care of the rest.
Candace Ruffin, Author of Eli’s Balloon, and Illustrator, Mark Wayne Adams, have teamed up once again to bring you the Eli’s Balloon Coloring Book. This incredible coloring book allows children to bring the pages of the story to life with their own creative fun!
Did you know it’s National Picture Book Month? What a perfect time to get young readers excited about books. Let’s get kids reading! Download picture books to your special little reader’s favorite device, drop by your local bookstore or library, grab one off your shelf at home, or of course, order new books online. Whatever you do get them reading. Now is the perfect time. Happy Picture Book Month!
(Lake Buena Vista, FL) On Saturday night, August 8, the Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) gave out its prestigious annual President’s Awards for the best books of 2014 and the first half of 2015 by authors and publishers in Florida and throughout the United States. The event, which took place at the Hilton Orlando/Lake Buena Vista Resort, recognized outstanding books by awarding gold and up to two silver medals in categories ranging from children’s books to adult fiction, from memoirs to self-help, from business books to e-books.
“The 2015 award winners elevate publishing both regionally and nationally. The awards continue to command the attention of industry professionals and readers!” said Mark Wayne Adams, FAPA President.
Click here for a complete list of FAPA President’s Award winners. The following winners were selected in the following categories by the competition’s 31 judges – 27 national state librarians and four publishing professionals:
FLORIDA YOUNG CHILDREN’S BOOK
SILVER: Goodnight Gators, Patricia Baloyra, Ampersand, Inc
SILVER: Baby Animals of Florida, Kathleen King, South Bay Publishing
GOLD: Eli’s Balloon, Candace Ruffin, Mark Wayne Adams, The Writing Cane
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
SILVER: Laura and Grandpa: Discovering Science Together, Book 3, Dr. Robert H. Krupp,
Kristina Edstrom, Simple Science Books
SILVER: Lea the Christmas Angel, Brenda Sue Boulden Thompson, Kayla Lynn Olson,
Middle River Press
GOLD: X’s and O’s for Gabby Ann, Petrell Marie Ozbay, Mike Motz, Adorn, Inc.
GOLD: Fast Freddy, Lee Ann Mancini, Dan Sharp, GLM Publishing
FLORIDA CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
SILVER: X’s and O’s for Gabby Ann, Petrell Marie Ozbay, Mike Motz, Adorn, Inc.
SILVER: You’re a Crocagator, Kenny Rager, Patti Brassard Jefferson, Halo Publishing
GOLD: Sometimes I Dream, Jose Colon, Jennifer Schmucker, Making Memories Portraits,
To view a complete list of the FAPA President’s Award winners visit www.floridapublishersassociation.com/.
Eli’s Balloon is now available for purchase. Click “Order Now” to get started.
Eli believes he can be anything he wants to be, but can he really? Come with Eli on a fun adventure as he explores what it would be like if he were a balloon!
Come out and join the fun as Candace Ruffin celebrates the launch of her new children’s picture book, Eli’s Balloon. Fun for the whole family! Kids can enjoy some cool refreshments from Leo’s Italian Ice and sweet treats from Mattie’s Delectable Desserts.
What: Eli’s Balloon Book Launch Party
When: Friday, May 22, 2015
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The festivities begin at 4:00 PM. Candace is scheduled to speak at 4:30 PM. Hope to see you there!