The Annual 2022 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards has recognized Harry Saves Wreck by Dr. Robert A. Ernst, a Palm Coast resident, in the category of Children Grades 3-5, as a Silver Medal winner at their annual awards banquet last month. This prestigious national award is open to books published between 2020 and 2021. The judges for this national competition are librarians, educators, and publishing professionals.

Harry Saves Wreck is the second of Dr. Bob’s Tales. It’s a children’s chapter book with illustrations, published by Discoveries Publishing, LLC. “This heartwarming tale is filled with many characters, all looking different from one another, yet all living in harmony through caring, being sensitive to the needs of others, and cooperating for the common good,” said author Dr. Robert “Bob” Ernst. “It’s a great honor for Harry Saves Wreck to be considered one of the top books in this category in the U.S. – I just love bringing smiles to children’s faces,” added Dr. Bob.

“The FAPA President’s Book Award exists to promote excellence in the publishing industry and is proud to be a champion of authors and publishers,” said Rene Garrison, President of FAPA. “This year’s winners truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate. Their works are representative of creative storytelling, bold concepts, and innovative ideas which make the President’s Book Awards so well respected by librarians and those in the publishing industry. We salute all of our winners for their fine work,” added Garrison.  

Dr. Bob Ernst has written two other books; Hurry Up Harry and Harry and the Hooligans, which won a gold medal from FAPA in 2021. For more information or to purchase one of Dr. Bob’s Books, visit

“Dr. Bob” recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Flagler Beach and is available for speaking and book signing events by contacting Ann Ernst at