Local author Fran Hawk received top honors at the Florida Publishers Association’s 2010 President’s Book Awards. Her children’s book Count Down to Fall, published by Sylvan Dell, was selected by a panel of 28 judges. The competition included 61 entries, and one gold and up to two silver medals were awarded for each category.

Hawk was inspired to write the book after going on a walk and realizing that she didn’t know the names of the leaves and trees around her. Count Down to Fall teaches young readers about leaves and trees while also teaching them to count backwards from 10. Hawk’s latest book is Ten Tips for Raising Readers.