Felina’s New Home Receives FPA President’s Book Award Nomination

 Felina’s New Home has just become a finalist for the Florida Publisher Association President’s Book Award! This award recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in both production and content.

The Florida Publisher Association presents the President’s Book Awards annually.  This is Wlodarski’s  second President’s Book Award nomination, having previously won for his first picture book with Sylvan Dell Publishing, If a Dolphin Were a Fish.

Felina’s New Home follows a Florida panther as her forest home begins to shrink, and her home becomes destroyed by pollution and man’s interference.  Trees disappear, a new busy highway cuts through her wood, and she and the other animals have a hard time trying to survive the changes.  How can she survive? Wlodarski, an environmental science writer, gives children a look into deforestation and endangered animals, and what children can do to keep wild animals safe, happy, and healthy.

Loran Wlodarski is a science writer for SeaWorld and has written six books for them in addition to his many normal daily responsibilities.  He has been published in sources such as Grolier’s Encyclopedia for Children and The Marine Mammal Encyclopedia. In addition, he has served as a scientific consultant for Ask Magazine, Random House Books, Animal Planet, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.  One of his early jobs at SeaWorld’s Education Department was to raise some of their animals-newly hatched sharks, macaws, turtles, tropical fish, and iguanas.  He lives with his wife in St. Cloud.

Lew Clayton has worked as an illustrator for 20 years.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Brigham Young University, and he is a Graphic Designer in the Media Industry.  He is a member of the Socity of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  His medium of choice is Prismacolor colored pencil, and his favorite subject matter is people and animals.  He has two previously published books; The Adventures of Willy B. and Archie’s Christmas Tale. Felina’s New Home is his first picture book with Sylvan Dell Publishing.

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