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Outdoor Meet and Greet with Anne Marshall Runyon

Meet and greet freelance illustrator and author Anne Marshall Runyon. She works on paper with ink, watercolor, and colored pencil creating illustrations for environmental publications and exhibits. She writes and illustrates children’s books, creates woodcut prints, and designs paper sculpture craft activities. The Sheltering Cedar (fiction picture book) and Longneedle (non-fiction picture book) are her two tree books for children.

"Longneedle, Anne Runyon’s wonderful picture book about the 300-year life of a single longleaf pine tree, will charm and fascinate young readers as well as their parents. With clear prose and beautiful illustrations, Anne brings an artist’s eye and a naturalist’s knowledge to the story of how this long-lived tree survived in a landscape visited by frequent fires and hurricanes. Runyon’s illustrations peek into the hidden life of the forest, how the tree is linked to a large community of plants, wildlife and even underground fungi that depend on it. She also shows how Tarheels tapped the trees’ resin to make tar and turpentine and felled the trees for their valuable lumber. Longneedle is a book of delights for the whole family." —Lawrence S. Earley author of Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest

Longneedle was awarded the 2021 Riverby Award by the John Burroughs Association.


The Riverby Award recognizes exceptional non-fiction natural history books for young readers. The books selected present perceptive and artistic accounts of direct experiences in nature and invite young readers to explore the natural world for themselves. They demonstrate respect for nature and present scientifically accurate information with engaging prose and illustrations.

Anne Marshall Runyon was born in Washington, DC. Summers on Ocracoke Island, NC nurtured her love of the natural world. Her family inspired her to be an artist. She earned her BA in studio art from Carleton College, and her MA from the University of Minnesota studying design and children’s literature in the Kerlan Collection. She and her husband moved to North Carolina in 1982, where their son was born and grew up.

Event date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Longneedle (True Tales for Young Readers) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780865265004
Availability: On our shelves
Published: North Carolina Division of Archives & History - April 15th, 2020

The Sheltering Cedar Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781933454023
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Portal Press - December 1st, 2007

Cultural Writing. Children's Literature. A sturdy tree shelters small animals during a storm on Christmas Eve, allowing peace and joy to reign as the tempest clears. Filled with beautiful illustrations of birds, animals, water, and sky, THE SHELTERING CEDAR is a gift of nature, illuminating and delightful. "To say that THE SHELTERING CEDAR is a lovely book doesn't do it justice.


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