Biography of Wendie Old

Wendie Old, childrens book author, headshot 2023

Wendie Old lives in sunny San Diego, CA, just 10 minutes from the beach. She is known for her 45 award winning biographies, holiday books, beginning readers, and picture books - several written with two co-writers (Claudine Wirths and Mary Bowman-Krhum) under the pen name of C.W. Bowie. In addition, she has written many newspaper feature articles and some magazine articles; one appeared in a Braille magazine.

After over 40 some years working as a children’s librarian in public libraries in Maryland, she is now retired. Therefore she went back to grad school and earned a second Masters Degree, from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

She has 45 published books including 32 beginning readers. Some of the books are still in print. In addition, she has written many newspaper articles and some magazine articles which are listed here.

Who is C.W. Bowie?

This is a pen name of three Writers –

Claudine Wirths, Mary Bowman-Krhum, and me.

Claudine is the C

I'm the W

And we smooshed Mary's last name into Bowie.

We've written three books together, two of which have been published.

"Love the writing,
love the writing,
love the writing
... the rest will follow"


Jane Yolen

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