Anne Runyon has a long and passionate connection to Ocracoke Island. Her father, Charles, discovered this special place in the 1950s, and Anne's mother, Robbie, and Charles bought an historic home some years later. They made Ocracoke their permanent home at retirement. Anne spent many pleasant times visiting her parents here.
In 2007 Anne wrote a delightful holiday children's book, The Sheltering Cedar, based on her love of Ocracoke.
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. For ages 3-7.
Eileen Heyes, author of the O'Dwyer and Grady
mysteries reviewed the book: "To say The Sheltering Cedar is a lovely book doesn't do it
justice. The spare, evocative text and warm, detailed watercolors
bespeak Anne Runyon's love for Ocracoke Island. She knows this special
place well, has studied its intricately balanced ecosystem with all her
senses and now takes the rest of us there with all her heart. The quiet
story of a coastal tree sheltering wildlife from a Christmas Eve storm
will be bedtime favorite for toddlers, while the author's explanatory
note and activities will make this a fun addition to school libraries
Anne Marshall Runyon was born in Washington, DC. Quiet summers on
Ocracoke Island nurtured a lifelong interest in the natural world. Anne
studied printmaking at Carleton College, and design at the University of
Minnesota. She and her family live in Garner, North Carolina. She
belongs to the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Society of
Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Anne writes and illustrates
articles for WILD Notebook, and the children's section of Wildlife in North Carolina
magazine. Ms. Runyon's artwork is also featured throughout North
Carolina, in many conservation publications, and in permanent
environmental education exhibits.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a chapter from Philip Howard's book, Digging up Uncle Evans, about the 1837 wreck of the Steamboat Home, one of the most horrific wrecks ever on the North Carolina coast. You can read it here: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/the-1837-wreck-of-the-steamboat-home/.