Updated: Jan 12, 2019
In January 2019, Bell's book, Norman the Watchful Gnome, will be available at several Central Florida stores and at Amazon.com
ORLANDO, FL – Orlando's CBS WKMG-TV News Anchor, Lisa Bell, is releasing her first children's book, Norman the Watchful Gnome, in January 2019. A sweet, bedtime story, Norman the Watchful Gnome, takes readers on a journey through Norman’s colorful vegetable garden while carrots, zucchini and more settle in for the night. Fun and vibrant illustrations bring Norman and his garden friends to life.
Norman the Watchful Gnome is the first in a series of children's books that Bell has authored featuring Norman the Gnome. Bell aims to cultivate the love of gardening and reading among young children. She was inspired by her own children and their garden to share this passion with others.
"Introducing my children to nature is a top priority. I want them to know where their food comes from and appreciate how it gets on the kitchen table," said Bell. "After a trip to Leu Gardens in early 2018, we were inspired to plant our own vegetable garden. A few days later, a little gnome appeared in our garden, whom my boys immediately named Norman. It was a gift from my co-anchor and dear friend, Ginger Gadsden, and from there, the seeds for Norman the Watchful Gnome were officially planted."
Bell hopes her books will inspire parents and children to discover all the benefits of gardening. From boosting mental, nutritional and physical health to helping the planet, numerous studies show gardening can help cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Embedded in her stories are also messages of inclusiveness, diversity, love and friendship.
Norman the Watchful Gnome is currently available at NormanGnomeBooks.com and Amazon.com in board book and e-book formats. The book is also available at the Leu Gardens gift shop, Infusion Tea in College Park and Once Upon A Child stores in East Orlando, on E. Colonial in Orlando, in Altamonte Springs and Ocoee. It is recommended for children ages 0-5.
About the author, Lisa Bell: Lisa Bell is the evening news anchor at the CBS station in Orlando, FL, WKMG-TV, and mom to two boys, Henry and Graham. She grew up in Northern Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her broadcasting career spans nearly two decades. Norman the Watchful Gnome is her first book.
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