Thanks for visiting! Here you will find information about:

  • my books (click on any of the individual covers to the right for more information)
  • and a little bit about me.


One should always be a little improbable. ~ Oscar Wilde


Author Visits

School Visits (preK - 8)

Julia’s presentations are specifically tailored for both the age range and group size of the intended audience. Each presentation is a fast-paced, interactive experience, incorporating a variety of book-based activities to involve the audience, such as choral read-alouds, readers’ theater, “pop quizzes,” and multimedia props. As a former school librarian, Julia draws upon her experience with a variety of literacy strategies to ensure that her presentations inform as well as entertain.

Rates (as of 9/2018)

$1000/day for 3 presentations (30 minutes for preK-1st grade, 45 minutes for all others).

Travel expenses additional for visits beyond a 100 mile radius of Ottawa, Illinois.

*Discounts available for multiple day bookings.*

Small Group Writing Workshops or Library Visits

$250 for one 45-minute presentation within 50 miles of Ottawa, Illinois.
$300 within 100 miles.   

For more information, please email juliadurango@yahoo.com


The One Day House

By Julia Durango
Illustrated by Bianca Diaz

Charlesbridge Publishing
August 2017

A labor of love honoring labors of love. Kirkus

An inspirational choice to read aloud or one-on-one. ~ School Library Journal

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Wilson dreams of all the ways he can help improve his friend Gigi's house so that she'll be warm, comfortable, and happy.

One day, friends and neighbors from all over come to help make Wilson's plans come true. Everyone volunteers to pitch in to make Gigi's house safe, clean, and pretty.

Inspired by a friend's volunteerism, author Julia Durango tells a story of community and togetherness, showing that by helping others we help ourselves. Further information about Labor of Love, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity is included at the end of the book.

Download a free discussion guide and activity here!

Buy the book

If your local bookstore does not have this book on the shelf, they should be able to order it for you. To find an independent bookseller near you, check 
IndieBound (US only).

You can also order it from online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble