Local children’s book author wins National Book Awards

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — A St. Johns County author and illustrator has won two national book awards.

Rhonda Goodall was recognized by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards. The awards are open to authors and publishers from across the country.

Goodall placed in the Children-General category, winning a silver medal for her book “Frizzle’s Rainbow in the Clouds” and a bronze medal for “Frizzle’s Holiday Treasures.”

In November 2019, Action News Jax interviewed Goodall about a book she wrote to help children deal with grief. Her book “Where’d Grandma Go?” chronicled her young son’s journey as the family worked to process the loss of Goodall’s mother, who died in a crash in 2015.

St. Johns County mother uses her family’s tragedy to help children through grief - WJAX

Goodall said after her mother's death, she found healing by working on her unfinished children's books and getting them published.  

Due to COVID-19, FAPA honored its 2020 winners via email and online.