Congratulations to Johnny Bell, the inaugural recipient of the Gerald Ensley Developing Writer Award.

Ensley Award Winner 2021: Author Johnny Bell

The Florida Book Awards is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 competition.

2021 Florida Book Award Winners

Young Children's Literature

Isabel and Her Colores Go to School book cover
By: Alexandra Alessandri
Book cover for Stompin' at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums
By: Moira Rose Donohue
Book cover for Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt
By: Rob Sanders

Older Children's Literature

Book cover for Concealed
By: Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Book cover for Wild River
By: Rodman Philbrick
Book cover for Golden Gate
By: James Ponti

General Nonfiction

Book cover for Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus
By: Les Standiford
Book cover for Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South: African Americans and Law Enforcement in Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans, 1920–1945
By: Brandon T. Jett
Book cover of The Princess Spy
By: Larry Loftis

General Fiction

By: Lauren Groff
Book cover of Infinite Country
By: Patricia Engel
Boo cover of Milk Blood Heat
By: Dantiel W. Moniz
Book cover for Rock Eaters
By: Brenda Peynado

Florida Nonfiction

Book cover of The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream
By: Jason Vuic
Book cover for Father James Page: An Enslaved Preacher's Climb To Freedom
By: Larry Eugene Rivers
Book cover for The Nine Lives of Florida's Famous Key Marco Cat
By: Austin J. Bell


Book cover for Danzirly
By: Gloria Muñoz
Book cover for Pine
By: Julia Koets
Book cover for The Places That Hold
By: John Davis Jr.

Popular Fiction

Book cover for The Archer's Thread
By: Noel Zamot
Book cover for Blowback
By: Al Pessin
Book cover fro A Killer's Daughter
By: Jenna Kernan


Book Cover for Vacaciones sin hotel: Antología de autores del Sur de la Florida
By: Hernán Vera Álvarez et al.
Book cover for Etnia, raza y sexualidad en la dramaturgia femenina hispano-caribeña en los Estados Unidos
By: Carmen Duarte
Book cover for El reino de la infancia- Memorias de mi vida en Cuba
By: Uva de Aragón

Visual Arts

Book cover for The Art of Birds- Grace and Motion in the Wild
By: Jim Miller

Young Adult Literature

Book cover for ROXY
By: Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman