El Dorado County Resident Wins Two International Literary Awards

December 14, 2022Cover of the book Show Day. Two girls on horseback.

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El Dorado County Resident Wins Two International Literary Awards

El Dorado Hills, CA – Local children’s book author, Rae Rankin, won two international literary awards for her 2022 release Show Day, A Cowgirl Lessons Adventure. The first weekend of December, the book was named “Best Children’s Western” at the 10th Annual Equus Film and Arts Fest held December 2-4, 2022, in Rancho Murieta, CA.

The book was also named an Honorable Mention for Children’s Picture Books, 5 and Under at the 2022 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.

“This book is not just any horse book,” Rankin said. “It is a book about teamwork, good sportsmanship, and friendship.”

The author’s note at the beginning of the book shares the inspiration for the story. “My daughter’s horse was injured right before a show and one of her teammates suggested they share her horse,” Rankin said. “It was a lightbulb moment for me to capture that true essence of what it’s like to be on a team.”

The Equus Film and Arts Festival is the leading showcase for domestic and international equestrian content including feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos, commercials, training, educational materials, art, and literature. For more information on the Equus Film and Arts Festival visit http://www.equusfilmfestival.net.

The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards is part of a prestigious international book award contest, hosted annually by Story Monsters LLC, which recognizes exceptional authors for excellence in writing and publishing in 68 categories. Story Monsters LLC is also home to the award-winning Story Monsters Ink® magazine, the literary resource for teachers, librarians, and parents—selected by School Library Journal as one of the best magazines for kids and teens. A complete list of Royal Dragonfly award winners will be posted soon at https://www.storymonstersbookawards.com/royal-dragonfly-winners.

In addition to Show Day, Rankin has published seven other books including her latest release, Meet the Birds, which teaches preschoolers to count and features ten North American bird species. Signed copies of her books are available on Rankin’s website www.RaeRankin.com.  She is currently working on her ninth book which she anticipates releasing in 2023.

Show Day – A Cowgirl Lessons Adventure
Written by Rae Rankin
Illustrated by J-San
Age Range: 2-8
ISBN: 978-1-7351078-3-7

Paperback: 36 pages
Publication Date: April 19, 2022
Published by: Rankin Publishing

About the Author

Rae Rankin is an award-winning author and has had a career in the marketing and graphic design field both in the corporate world and as an independent contractor.

She has always loved reading and writing and wrote her first book Cowgirl Lessons for her daughter and the lesson horse she loved.

She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Northern California Publishers and Authors, the Arabian Horse Association, Motherlode Arabian Horse Association, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Books by Rae Rankin

  • Cowgirl Lessons – Best Children’s Book USA 2019 Equus Film and Arts Festival
  • Cowgirl Christmas -Best Children’s Holiday Book USA 2019 Equus Film and Arts Festival
    Cowgirl and the Ghost Horse – Best Children’s Short Story at the 2020 Equus Film and Arts Festival, Purple Dragonfly Book Award 2021
  • Show Day – A Cowgirl Lessons Adventure – Best Children’s Western, 2022 Equus Film & Arts Festival, Royal Dragonfly Book Award 2022
  • Mountain Girl – Purple Dragonfly Book Award 2022 – First Place Outdoor Recreation
  • Mountain Winter
  • Beach Day
  • Meet the Birds