A couple of months ago, FAPA notified us that Grayson’s book Expedition to the Galápagos Islands was chosen as a finalist in the category “Non-fiction: Children’s.” This meant that Grayson was going to receive his first national book award! We were all ecstatic over this great […]
Grayson Rigby’s book Expedition to the Galápagos Islands was selected for the Local Author Collection at the Jacksonville Public Library in downtown Jacksonville. On March 3, 2018, Grayson attended the Jax Book Fest where the Local Author Collection was unveiled to the public. As a member of the […]
Expedition to the Galápagos Islands by young travel author Grayson Rigby is a non-fiction children’s picture book. Grayson takes you on an adventure aboard the National Geographic Endeavour to the enchanting Galápagos Islands, and shares his experiences through his travel journal. Grayson was inspired by […]
A couple of months ago, FAPA notified us that Grayson’s book Expedition to the Galápagos Islands was chosen as a finalist in the category “Non-fiction: Children’s.” This meant that Grayson was going to receive his first national book award! We were all ecstatic over this great news. What an honor!
On August 3, 2018, we travelled to Orlando, Florida and attended the 2018 FAPA President’s Book Awards. FAPA, also known as the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, hosts an annual two-day conference followed by a gala dinner and book awards ceremony. Outstanding books in 45 categories and a variety of genres are awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals. The judges are librarians, educators, and publishing professionals, and medals are presented based on the number of points that a book is awarded.
Prior to the dinner and awards ceremony, Grayson networked with other authors, publishers, and medalists. He had a unique opportunity to hear where they found inspiration for their books as well as useful marketing strategies. The other authors were equally fascinated to hear Grayson’s story. He told people how his book transformed from an award-winning journal (Grayson is a grand prize winner of the National Geographic Young Explorers Challenge) to a published book. He also handed out bookmarks and business cards.
After much anticipation, the time had finally arrived for the awards ceremony. Grayson’s category, “Non-fiction: Children’s” was number 36 in the line up. The master of ceremonies for the evening was Angelina Assanti, FAPA President and Jane Wood, FAPA Past President, joined her. First, Angelina announced the bronze medalist … we did not hear Grayson’s name. The excitement was building and the other authors at our table were cheering Grayson on. Then she announced the silver medalists … we were fully prepared to stand up, and once again we didn’t hear Grayson’s name. Sarah Frank, a 15-year-old medalist and author of One Chance was sitting next to Grayson and was the first to congratulate him on winning the gold. At last, Angelina announced the gold medal winners and the room erupted into applause. Grayson, smiling ear to ear and bursting with pride, walked to the podium and accepted his gold medal. What an incredible moment! Truth told, we were happy just to be there and meet such talented and amazing people. Receiving a President’s Book Awards gold medal for Expedition to the Galápagos Islands was the icing on the cake! For a complete list of medalists go to the FAPA website.