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Lisa Bell, an anchor at WKMG-Channel 6, is releasing her second children’s book praising gardening and featuring Norman the Gnome.
She will celebrate the release of “Norman the Gnome has Colorful Friends” on WKMG’s 9 a.m. news Tuesday.
“It has a wonderful message,” Bell said Monday. “It teaches kids about the colors of the rainbow.”
The first book was “Norman the Watchful Gnome,” and more books in the series for children 5 and younger are on the way.
A trip to Leu Gardens with sons Henry, 5, and Graham, 3, prompted Bell to plant the family’s vegetable garden. The gnome statue Norman that appeared in the garden — a gift of fellow anchor Ginger Gadsden — inspired the books.
“I wanted to create a series of books that not only introduces kids to vegetables and gardening, but also teaches them about friendship, gratitude, ABCs, numbers, colors and more,” Bell said.
She self-publishes the books, which have illustrations by Arunodoy Ghosh Biswas.
The books can be purchased at NormanGnomeBooks.com, Amazon, the Leu Gardens gift shop, the Discover Downtown information center and College Park stores including Good Crowd, Infusion Tea and Gratitude Coffee.
“Lisa regularly shares stories about her two young boys and their garden on News 6. I know she also regularly volunteers in local schools to read to children and talk about healthy food and gardening,” said Allison McGinley, WKMG news director. “It only makes sense that she would turn that passion into these beautiful children’s books and continue spreading that message to families all over the world.”