Hybrid | Dynamic Characters, Real and Imagined with Shannon Hitchcock and Constance Lombardo

Image shows photos of Shannon Hitchcock and Constance Lombardo and the front covers of their books OF WORDS AND WATER and ITTY BITTY BETTY BLOB

Join us for Dynamic Characters, Real and Imagined: A Picture Book Celebration with Shannon Hitchcock and Constance Lombardo! Shannon's new book is Of Words and Water, about the real-life environmentalist and writer Wilma Dykeman. Constance's new book is about the imagined and adorable, Itty Bitty Betty Blob.

This hybrid event is free but registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. 
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Of Words and Water
Experience the lyrical beauty of this picture book biography as it unveils the remarkable life of Wilma Dykeman, a writer and environmentalist whose deep connection to a local river ignited her passion for preservation. Wilma Dykeman's love for the river was more than just admiration; it was a calling to protect it, safeguarding the livelihoods of those who depended on its waters. Her legacy, woven through the pages, emphasizes the irreplaceable gift of water - the essence of life itself. Join us on a captivating journey through Wilma's life and teachings, where she instilled the profound truth that water is not just a resource; it's the very heartbeat of our existence. Discover the enduring impact of her work and let her message flow through you, reminding us all that water is the irreplaceable gift, and life itself.

Shannon Hitchcock was born in North Carolina and grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of four middle grade novels, Flying Over Water, One True Way, Ruby Lee & Me, and The Ballad of Jessie Pearl. Her books have been featured on many state award lists and have received acclaimed reviews. This is the fourth book in her storyteller series, along with Saving Granddaddy's Stories, She Sang for the Mountains, and Story Quilts. Shannon currently lives in North Carolina where she can see the mountains every day.

Itty Bitty Betty Blob
Perfect for ages 4-8, with adorable art in pinks and grays, Itty Bitty Betty Blob will make even the grumpiest monsters giggle! A positive message makes it extra special: "You don't have to try so hard to be like everyone else, being yourself is enough!" 

Picture Day can be a lot of pressure, especially when you're not so good at making monster faces! Poor Betty likes rainbows and dandelions a lot more than being scary! But one day, something happens--and everything turns around in this uniquely funny story that reminds us that differences should be shared, not hidden! Perfect for fans of Sweety by Andrea Zuill and classics, such as Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and Chrysanthemum.

Constance Lombardo is the author of the picture book Itty Bitty Betty Blob illustrated by Micah Player and the author/illustrator of three middle grade novels about Mr. Puffball stunt cat to the stars. Her debut picture book, Everybody Says Meow, was chosen as an Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor book, as was Tiny Spoon vs. Little Fork, illustrated by Dan & Jason. She lives with her family and old beagle, Louie, in Asheville, NC. Plus she likes Pictionary.


This event includes a book signing. If you would like a signed book but can't attend in person, you may order a signed copy online below. If you would like to have your book personalized, please order online or call the store at least two hours before the start of the event. When ordering online, use the comments field to provide a name for personalization, e.g. “To Carla.” NOTE: We do our best to get books personalized when requested but personalization is not guaranteed.

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Itty Bitty Betty Blob By Constance Lombardo, Micah Player (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Constance Lombardo, Micah Player (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781662640148
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hippo Park - June 4th, 2024

Of Words and Water: The Story of Wilma Dykeman--Writer, Historian, Environmentalist (Storyteller #4) By Shannon Hitchcock, Sophie Page (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shannon Hitchcock, Sophie Page (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781478870470
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Reycraft Books - April 16th, 2024

Of Words and Water: The Story of Wilma Dykeman--Writer, Historian, Environmentalist (Storyteller #4) By Shannon Hitchcock, Sophie Page (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shannon Hitchcock, Sophie Page (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781478870371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Reycraft Books - April 16th, 2024

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