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Rio N. Cortez receives national recognition
through the 2021 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®!


The Magnificent Adventures of Folotjing: The Brave and Kindhearted

in the category of Picture Books: All Ages as a Distinguished Favorite.

"We congratulate this year's 2021 winners and distinguished favorites in the annual INDEPENDENT
PRESS AWARD. The quality and quantity of excellent independently published books hit a record.
Independents recognized are thriving around the globe. We are so proud to announce these key titles
representing global independent publishing
." said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

For more information and to see this year's list of IPA Winners and Distinguished Favorites, please visit the website
pages: independentpressaward.com or https://www.independentpressaward.com/2021distinguishedfavorites


RIO N. CORTEZ receives national recognition through the 2020 NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD®!

(Fountain Valley, CA) -- The 2020 NYC BIG BOOK AWARD recognized The Magnificent Adventures of Folotjing - The Brave and Kindhearted - Written and Illustrated by Rio N. Cortez in the category of “Picture Books: All Ages” as a “Distinguished Favorite”.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers, and professional copywriters. Selected award winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence.

In 2020, the NYC Big Book Award once again achieved worldwide participation.  Entries remained strong during the worldwide pandemic. Book submissions streamed in from six continents and over 100 cities. Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America all participated.  Across the globe, book entries poured in from places such as Budapest, Capetown, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York City, Port of Spain, Vancouver, and Victoria, to name a few.  Winners were recognized globally from Australia, Canada, England, India, Singapore, Uganda, and the United States of America, among others.  

The breadth of publishers ranged from Amazon to Wiley, from Black Rose Writing to She Writes Press.  Our award-winning authors are from all kinds of different backgrounds and enrich the program.  We are proud of such diversity of winners and distinguished favorites in the annual NYC Big Book Award.  

“We are pleased to highlight these books, recognize their excellence, and share their achievements.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.  The awards program “foments a strong interest in these authors and publishing houses and we expect our winners and favorites to receive a heightened level of attention.”  Olczak went on to say that “excellent books can be found globally, and we are happy to help bring them to a larger audience.”  

For more information, please visit: www.nycbigbookaward.com

To view the list of winners, visit https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2020winners

Distinguished Favorites listed here: https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2020distinguishedfavorites

NYC Big Book Awards - Folotjing as Distinguished Favorite

Hello Friends!

I created this Youtube presentation entitled - “From Sketchbook to Published Picture Book”.

Please be advised that this is not a ‘How-To’ tutorial. This is simply a compilation of all my original drawings and final illustrations for the book. I hope you enjoy watching the video as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.


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Hello Friends!

The free vbook (video book) for The Magnificent Adventures of Folotjing is now ready for viewing on YouTube. I created the video to accompany your young readers as they read the book. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I've enjoyed putting it together.


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Folotjing the Brave and Kindhearted

A hero is not always someone big and powerful. Regardless of how small you are, you can make a massive difference in the world. All that matters is the size of your heart.


Folotjing is a tiny enchanted creature who lives inside a big, magical tree. This is the story of his adventure in the deep, dark forest when he encounters terrifying beasts that want to eat him! But through the kindness of his heart and sharp wit, he makes them see their wickedness and convinces them to set him free, and they eventually become his friends. It shows that compassion is its own reward and that kindness begets a chain of itself.


Folotjing is a true hero despite his size, someone who is brave, kindhearted, and chooses to do the right thing, especially in the face of difficulty or danger.

How do I pronounce Folotjing? 
Fo-lo-t-jing with the (t) or Fo-lo-jing without the (t), either way, is correct.

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Hi! Folotjing

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Folotjing is clever a story about a small creature who shows amazing kindness and compassion, even when treated poorly by other creatures who he comes in contact with within the story. 


Rio N. Cortez is the author and illustrator of Folotjing.  His illustrations are beautiful, as they capture the spirit and essence of the story and message.  I would highly recommend Folotjing as an ideal read for students at the upper primary or middle school reading levels. 

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Author and illustrator Rio N. Cortez has created an utterly delightful story from start to finish with the immersive and truly beautiful stories of Folotjing. The sweet little dwendi is charming, both in the colorful and sepia-toned pages of the picture book and in the lovingly crafted poetic verses and dialogue where he shows his incredible kindness. The moment with the wolf melted my heart from the off. There is a rhyme scheme that keeps the readability flowing for younger, accompanied readers to the book, but it also never interferes with the language usage and the scheme changes to fit different moments of the story. Deceptively complex in its creation, this gives each moment of the tale a different atmospheric feel whilst also staying simple enough for younger readers to access it. Overall, The Magical Adventures of Folotjing – The Brave and Kindhearted is an unmissable picture book that every child should own.

By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite @ readersfavorite.com


The Magnificent Adventures of Folotjing - The Brave and Kindhearted is a well-intended, adorable, and wonderfully drawn and written book by Rio. N Cortez. The illustrations are colorful and they definitely caught my eye. Cortez’s illustrations are sure to attract and entertain its target audience. I found it to be a visually appealing book that has many important lessons to be learned. The story itself is short, to the point, and very sweet. Folotjing is easily captured because of his height and size but he makes up for it by being sharp, brave, and oh-so-kind.

We have learned in life that it is not easy to forgive someone who means to cause you harm and Cortez skillfully presents this dilemma in a short but concise way. When Folotjing hesitates before helping the bear, I sympathized with him. It is realistic and smart to stop and think first before you head back into possible danger, but even though the bear first intended to do harm on the small Dwendi, Folotjing still goes back to help him anyway. Folotjing’s actions teach me the importance of a good heart. I think this book is outstanding because it managed to convey such important lessons in two short stories. Truly a marvelous work, good job!


THE MAGNIFICENT ADVENTURES OF FOLOTJING by Rio N. Cortez is a whimsical book captures the reader’s interest from the start, with its papery background and simply sketched drawings; one can easily imagine that these pages have come from an ancient collection of folktales about wonder and magic. This impression is further supported by the book’s rhyme scheme and its division into short tales, each of which teaches a lesson of kindness by using Folotjing’s actions as an example, without being too preachy or moralistic.

By IndieReader.com

2020 Discovery Awards Verdict

By Jessica Barbosa for Reader's Favorite @ readersfavorite.com

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