CORRECTED: Greencastle woman, 91, publishes children's book, hosts Saturday afternoon signing at Eli's Books

Thursday, October 29, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story, including in the Friday edition of the Banner Graphic, erroneously reported this book signing as occurring on Friday afternoon.

Greencastle native Bette Killion, who released a children's book on Oct. 7 titled "Princess Rosie's Rainbows," has kids around the country wanting to read more about this exceptionally mini monarch and her many adventures.

In fact, Killion was recently featured at a book-signing within "Book Mamas" bookstore in Indianapolis -- quite an impressive feat when considering the author has officially entered her 91st year.

"I'm excited about it because I'm old," Killion said. "And that is something, isn't it?"

In fact, Killion will be holding another book-signing later this week, this time right here in Greencastle.

Eli's Books, located at 6 E. Washington St., will host the signing on Saturday, Oct. 31 starting at 2 p.m.

Her children's book, published officially by Wisdom Tales (affiliate of HarperCollins Publishers in New York), has a rainbow on nearly every page. Killion said the imagery was later added (by illustrator Kim Jacobs, a 30-year veteran of the trade from Maine who is renowned for her works such as "Cottage Cats" and "Glad You're My Friend").

According to Killion's profile on, she has "had more than 800 of her children's poems, stories and articles published in well-known magazines such as Jack and Jill, Highlights and Ranger Rick ... she is also known for her rewriting of classic fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. In addition to having built a successful writing career, (Killion) has also worked as a children's librarian and as a substitute teacher. She has nine grandchildren."

"Princess Rosie's Rainbows" is intended for children aged four to eight (or grades K-3) and comprises 36 pages, each masterfully written and illustrated by the dynamic duo.

Furthermore, Killion's profile includes a note from the author, stating "'Princess Rosie's Rainbows' is a stunningly illustrated new fairy tale that offers young readers the precious lesson that true happiness doesn't come from outward possessions, but from deep within us."

For more information regarding Killion's 2 p.m. Saturday book-signing, call Eli's Books in downtown Greencastle at 653-0618.

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