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Author visits SCC kids to celebrate new library

Children’s author Julie Bowe speaks to and takes questions from students about her book series Friends for Keeps. (Submitted photo)

Children’s author Julie Bowe visited with the kindergarten through fourth-grade classes at St. Croix Central Elementary School Tuesday, Nov. 19. Bowe is author of the popular series Friends for Keeps.

According to Library Media Specialist Amanda Olson, the event was organized by music teacher Jeanne Larson and sponsored by the Panther Parent Group.

“We are very thankful our students had this amazing opportunity,” Olson said. “She talked with students about her books, the writing process, the tools she needs to help her write and the people that help her create great stories. Students also had the opportunity to purchase Bowe's books and have the author sign them.”

In her blog, Bowe wrote a special message to SCC Elementary students the week before her visit.

“I am so extremely excited to visit your school next week,” Bowe wrote. “I heard about the terrible fire that damaged and destroyed much of your school building. I am amazed and inspired by the way you all pulled together to finish out the school year at a local camp. I am truly honored to be invited to help you celebrate the opening of your new library!”

The Friends for Keeps series follows the adventures and friendships of fourth-grader Ida May, her best friend Stacey Merriweather and the class meanie Jenna.

Bowe’s books have been nominated and won several honors, including the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People.

According to her website,, Bowe grew up on a small family farm in Luck.

She is proud of her Danish heritage, which was a large part of her life growing up.

She began her writing career after her children were born, when she was a stay-at-home mother. She wrote children’s curriculum for Augsburg Fortress Publishers and still writes and edits for them to this day.

She holds a degree in anthropology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a master of arts degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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