By Anne Marshall Runyon


72 pp., 11 x 8.5, 63 color illustrations, 1 map

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8652-6500-4
    Published: April 2020

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Distributed for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History

Awards & distinctions

2021 Riverby Award, John Burroughs Association

Longneedle tells the life story of a longleaf pine in the longleaf pine savannas of the North Carolina Outer Coastal Plain. The remarkable, fire dependent tree persists through three hundred years of North Carolina history from 1696 to 1996, when hurricane Fran brings its tale to an end. . . . But her descendants live on! Longneedle is a story of survival and celebration as it explains the connections between species in a unique and beautiful southeastern American forest.

About the Author

Anne Runyon was born in Washington, D.C.. Summers spent on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, 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 studied design and children’s literature in the Kerlan Collection while earning her MA from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband moved to North Carolina in 1982, where their son was born and grew up.

Anne is a freelance illustrator and author. 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. North Carolina Wild Places--A Closer Look, edited by Lawrence S. Earley, is illustrated with her detailed habitat drawings. Ink and watercolor paintings enrich Anne’s picture book, The Sheltering Cedar. Longneedle is a song of praise for the beautiful North Carolina longleaf pine forests.
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