Plumas County-based children’s book wins international book award


The results of the 2022 Purple Dragonfly Awards have been announced and children’s book author Rae Rankin’s ‘Mountain Girl’ won first place in the Outdoor Recreation category. Rankin lives in Eldorado Hills, but has spent time in Plumas County.

Celebrating the beauty of Plumas County, “Mountain Girl” is a charming book about a family exploring the outdoors and participating in activities in the area, told in easy-to-read rhymes.

“It’s as much a win for me as it is for Graeagle and Plumas County,” Rankin said of the award.

The Purple Dragonfly Book Award is part of a prestigious international book awards competition, held annually by Story Monsters LLC, which recognizes outstanding authors for excellence in writing and publishing in 56 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 children and teens.


“It’s an honor to be recognized among a group of talented authors and illustrators,” Rankin also said.

In addition to Mountain Girl, Rankin has published six other books, including Cowgirl and the Ghost Horse, which won a 2021 Purple Dragonfly award. Signed copies of Mountain Girl are available from Feathers in Graeagle or Rankin’s website. She is currently working on her eighth book which she plans to publish later this year.

For a full list of Purple Dragonfly award winners, visit

Rae Rankin

Rankin has had a career in marketing and graphic design, 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 course horse she loved.

She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Northern California Publishers and Authors, Arabian Horse Association, Motherlode Arabian Horse Association, and 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
• Mountain Girl – Purple Dragonfly Book Award 2022 – First Place for Outdoor Recreation
• Mountain Winter
• Beach day


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