Books and rats at The Loft

W.H. Beck and I had a nice time at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis last weekend. We talked about our publication journeys, read from our books (Malcolm at Midnight and My Last Best Friend), and answered questions from the audience. Then we feasted on book-themed snacks, including "Choco-chunk" cookies and peanut butter rats! Fun times!


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A great big THANK YOU to the principals, classroom teachers, librarians, office staff, PE teachers (who gave up gym space), school cooks (who delayed lunches), Scott (my audio-visual go-to guy!), and all the FaNtAbULOuS students at LaGrange, St. Mary's, Warrens, Wyeville, Camp Douglas, Oakdale, Miller and Lemonweir schools! I had an awesome week!!!

During my final day of visits, Lemonweir librarians, Cindy and Laurie, presented me with a Sock-Monkey-In-The-Box! My sock monkey, George, is a teeny bit jealous of the new guy--hee hee!
School librarians love to monkey around! :)

This month, I'll be taking part in The Second Story Reading Series at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Wisconsin author, W. H. Beck, and I will be reading from our middle-grade novels (Beck from her debut novel, Malcolm at Midnight, and me from My Last Best Friend), talking a bit about our journeys to publication, giving away prizes (!!!), signing books, and enjoying delicious book-themed snacks! If you will be in the Twin Cities at 2:00 pm on November 17, please join us for this fun event. For details, go here and click on The Loft's November calendar. Hope to see you there!

Hey, Tomah Wisconsin students...

I'm coming to see you very soon!

I can't wait to spend a whole week in Tomah! I wonder if I'll see any of these...

or maybe this guy???

Most of all, I hope I'll get to see YOU! Bring your voice. And your thinking cap. And your most comfortable butt-sitting position. Please do not bring any real timberwolves. Or cranberries, unless you plan to share. ;)

See you soon!


So long summer, hello fall!

I've been a very busy girl the past few months--traveling and writing, writing and traveling! The highlight of my summer (aside from the release of My Extra Best Friend) was spending a week in the Big Apple where I did not eat any apples, but I did enjoy NY bagels, sweet potato fries, and something called "chopped salad" which is probably nothing new to most people, but I don't get out much.

I saw lots of famous sites, visited museums, and bumped along on subways and in taxi cabs. I also stopped by the main branch of the New York public library to see what books they might have around...

I must say, they had a nice selection! :)

Perhaps the highest highpoint of the trip was getting to visit my publisher's headquarters...

The waiting area outside the offices for Dial Books for Young Readers.

...where I met my editor, in person, for the very first time!

Me, with my editor, Kathy Dawson. Look at all those cool books behind us!

Kathy recently received some fantastically great news. Beginning in 2014, she will have her own imprint at Penguin--Kathy Dawson Books! Here is a link to the Publishers Weekly article, announcing the news:

I am so jazzed that I get to work with such an amazing editor. And I'm excited that the new story I'm working on now will be a Kathy Dawson Books book! It's the first story in a brand new series. We're still working on the title, but it will be about a group of fourth grade kids who start a club to help people in their community.

And with that, I better get back to work on the story! Happy fall!


My Extra Best Winner!

The winner of my Extra Best Giveaway is Facebook friend, Jennifer Jean!
Congratulations, Jennifer!

An extra big thank you to the mob of friends and fans who played along! :)

For another chance to win a signed copy of My Extra Best Friend, take part in my giveaway at Goodreads! But hurry! The Goodreads giveaway ends on June 30.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Extra Best Friend by Julie Bowe

My Extra Best Friend

by Julie Bowe

Giveaway ends June 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

My Extra Best Giveaway!

My Extra Best Friend launches today! I'm celebrating with a giveaway. The winner will receive a signed copy of my newest book in the Friends for Keeps series, plus a summer camp kit:

The kit includes notepaper, pencils, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, and a mini photo album for pics of your BFFs!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here or contact me via my website (USA residents only, please!)

I'll announce the winner on June 22. I hope you'll play along!

School visits!

Last month, I drove 500 miles, met 1000 kids, parted company with 150 gummy worms, listened to dozens of creative stories, led "The Lion Hunt" 7 times, and survived 2 fire drills. Whew! A CESA 10 grant made it possible for children's author/educator, Katie McKy,  and me to visit 13 northern Wisconsin elementary schools, presenting large group programs and leading writing workshops with small groups of 4th and 5th grade students. I had a fantastic time!

Here are pics from some of the schools I visited:

Interacting with young readers is one of my favorite things to do!

I always put the audience to work, asking lots of questions.

During my large group program, the students help me tell a story using all of our senses.

Volunteers come up front to help me show the stages that go into publishing a book.

During my writing workshop, we warm up our senses with a group juggle!

Students use "story stones" to write stories. What's a story stone? Come to a workshop and find out!

Girls rule! (And boys are cool too!) :)

If you'd like more info about my school programs, just contact me and I'll send you a brochure!


March-ing along!

Spring has sprung in Julie Boweland and I am hippity-hopping all around. Last week, I presented my writing workshop, Sniff...Squeeze...Gulp! Writing Stories That Sizzle at the South Central Young Authors and Artists Conference in Mankato, Minnesota. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Grades 3-9 students came each day to attend a variety of workshops, hone their writing and drawing skills, browse the conference bookstore, and listen to keynote speakers, Jonathan Friesen and Peter Bloedel. I had a blast and, as always, was wowed by the creative tidbits of writing my workshop students came up with. Well done!

This week begins my self-dubbed
13 School Visits in 15 Days Tour! Thanks to a generous grant, I'm visiting lots of Wisconsin area schools, along with another local children's author, Katie McKy. Yesterday, I was at the elementary school in Altoona, Wisconsin. Here's where I'll be in the coming days:
March 14: Jim Falls, Halstad and Stillson (Chippewa Falls)
March 15: Southview and Parkview (Chippewa Falls)
March 16: Hillcrest (Chippewa Falls)
March 22: Mondovi
March 26: Augusta and Cadott
March 28: New Auburn and Gilman 
March 29: Eleva-Strum

I'm excited to meet so many students, teachers, and librarians from all around the area. To see where else I'll be in the months ahead, stop by the
appearances page on my website! :)