Students at St. Philip’s School in Litchfield will get a boost to their writing curriculum next Thursday as an author visits their classrooms. Author and illustrator Nancy Carlson of Edina will be at the school on January 18th and will share with the public that evening at 6:30.

St. Philip’s Principal Michelle Kramer says they emphasize writing at the school and the visit by Nancy Carlson is being made possible with a grant from Meeker Cooperative’s Operation Round-up. She says this will give students the opportunity to learn from a professional writer and members of the public will be able to visit the school and take home a craft project.

5th grader Brett Penk, son of Stacy & Derek Penk, says Nancy Carlson has written more than 60 children’s books. He says many of the books help to boost self-esteem such as the book “I Like Me:”

Brett says Nancy Carlson also tackles difficult topics like bullying. He says the public is welcome to St. Philip’s School Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation by Nancy Carlson, and they will also have an opportunity to draw and take home a craft project.

5th grader William Carlson, son of Erika & Josh Carlson, says Nancy Carlson illustrates her own books and gets ideas from her own life. He says they have been studying how she uses punctuation in unique ways.

William says one of her books is about a character who has a hard time standing up in front of crowds, and how he overcomes his fear. He says during the classroom visits, Nancy will read to students, and talk about how she creates her books. Again, the public is welcome to the Nancy Carlson presentation at St. Philip’s School in Litchfield on Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m.