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Thu
Jan
18

Arizona Day and Night


 

 
I spent a fun morning and evening at O’Brien Elementary in Casa Grande, AZ! I was welcomed by custom classroom door decorations from many of the grades. Here is just a sample.
 

 

 
Turns out, every grade was given one of my books to study before my arrival. That means they had tons of great questions for…
 

 
…the two writing workshops for 3rd-5th grades!
 

 
That night, I gave a presentation for O’Brien’s reading night. I got to know some of the students and many of their parents. There was even a drawing for some of my signed books.
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Mims and Mrs. Raymond for having me out. Thanks to all of last year’s 3rd graders in the Final Four Reading Challenge who won the funds to bring me out. Thanks to Mr. Lin for all the tech support. And a big thanks to all the great students at O’Brien Elementary. I’m honored to have been part of your special evening!
 

 

 

 

Tue
Jan
16

First School in Arizona


 

 
Today I visited my very first school in Arizona! I drove through some beautiful scenery to spend the morning at Rice Elmentary on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. I met a bunch of great kids and even a few young writers. I can’t wait to read some of your work!
 

 
I hope everyone enjoyed my presentations and remember those four words I taught you: I Can Do That!
 

 
Thanks to Mr. Schafer (school counsellor and George Carlin look-alike) for having me out. Thanks to Officer Duncan for reminding everyone how important school can be. And a big thanks to all the great students at Rice Elementary. Don’t forget what Officer Duncan told you and those four powerful words!
 

 

Fri
Dec
15

A Day in Three Rivers


 

 
Today I had a great day in Three Rivers ISD! I hung with the older crowd for a change of pace, giving presentations to the 4th through 8th graders. Everyone was great and even posed with me after each show!
 

 

 

 
I also gave a writing workshop to a select group of high schoolers. Not only did they give me great questions, but also some cool gifts—including a Three Rivers Bulldogs hat for my collection!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Curbello for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Salizar for help setting up. Thanks to Brandie, Jessica, Jocelin, and Nathan for being such great hosts/guides/lunch companions (it was fun getting to know all of you)! Thanks again to Mrs. Curbello and everyone for the great gifts. And a big thanks to the rest of the Three Rivers ISD students whom I crossed paths with today. I truly enjoyed my visit to your school!
 

 

 

Fri
Dec
8

Northwest ISD – Day Five


 

 
The last day of my Northwest ISD was a busy one with my visit to Justin Elementary—home of the Jaguars! My last three shows of the week were just as much fun as the first! I enjoyed meeting as many of the Jaguars as I could. And hey…thanks for the origami X-wing, Connor!
 

 
I was in for a treat during lunch. I got to meet the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Ultimate Book Challenge teams. Not only did I get to watch them practice but I also got to answer some of their amazing questions. Thank you Mrs. Donoho for taking time out of your practice!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Coleman for having me out (sorry we didn’t get a picture together—just the group shot). Thanks to Mr. LeDeaux for help setting up. And a big thanks to all the Justin Jaguars! Hanging out with you was a great way for me to end the week!
 

 

Thu
Dec
7

Northwest ISD – Day Four


 

 
Today I had a fun day at Schluter Elementary—home of the Spurs! I’m sensing a Northwest ISD theme here. I got to meet all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in the library this time (one of my favorite places). Everyone had tons of great questions and I even received extra questions via email when I returned to my hotel. Those were some excellent questions, Mrs. LeFlore’s 2nd Grade class!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Pospisil for having me out. Thanks again to Mrs. Judy Bell of Bell’s Book Nest for selling my books (and sitting through three MORE presentations—she’ll be able to do my show pretty soon). But the biggest thanks goes to all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade Spurs! Keep reading, keep writing, and keep those thoughtful questions coming!
 

 

 

Wed
Dec
6

Northwest ISD – Day Three


 

 
I crammed TWO school visits into today! This morning I visited Thompson Elementary home of the JTC Trailblazers! I performed two shows in front of two HUGE crowds. The Trailblazers were great and I signed a ton of books between shows.
 

 

 
After signing the last Trailblazer’s book, I raced over to Granger Elementary, home of the Wranglers! After lunch, I signed some books, gave a show, signed some more books, gave another show and signed even more books! By the end of the school day, most of the Wranglers left before I did.
 

 

 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Crocker and Mrs. Hammonds for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Nancy and Mrs. Shannon from Bell’s Book Nest for selling my books (see you tomorrow). And a big thanks to Trailblazers and Wranglers. You made for an exciting, albeit tiring, day!
 

 

 

Tue
Dec
5

Northwest ISD – Day Two


 
I spent an exciting day with an enthusiastic group of kids: The Sendera Ranch Elementary Longhorns!
 

 
Not only was I surprised by how many young writers were in the audience, but I was also happy to see how many Wishbone fans were out there (I think we have Mrs. Jurgens to thank for that). I hope you can sniff out some more Wishbone episodes the same way Wishbone sniffs out a good book!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Jurgens for having me out, the great lunch, putting my book on your wall of fame, and for inviting me to Northwest ISD in the first place. Thanks to Coach Flores for the gym and help setting up. And the biggest thanks goes to the Longhorns themselves. I hope you enjoy my books, and I hope to read some of YOUR writing someday!
 

 

Mon
Dec
4

Northwest ISD – Day One


 

 
Today was the first day of my Northwest ISD tour and I soared with the Haslet Elementary Eagles! I was welcomed with my own parking space, welcome sign, a cool LEGO City…city, courtesy of the 1st graders, in honor of my LEGO City book: Build this City. Very cool!
 

 

 
In between shows, I signed bunches of books for the library AND many of the Eagles themselves!
 

 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Joseph for inviting me. Thanks to Mrs. Judy for selling my books. And a big thanks to all the Haslet Eagles. I could tell by your questions and enthusiasm that you had been learning about me all week. I think you know more about me than me!
 

 

Thu
Oct
19

Night of Books and Looks


 
Tonight I was the guest speaker at Rochell Elementary‘s annual Family Literacy Night! There was a book fair, an appearance by Half Price Book’s big bookworm, trick-or-treating fun, and me!
 

 
I enjoyed a special introduction by ten of the Rochell Rangers themselves!
 

 
After my presentation to a packed cafeteria, I signed several books, and then cruised around to see all the cool costumed teachers–most dressed as storybook characters!
 

 

 

 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Castillo for inviting me and to Mrs. Leal for all the help. And a big thanks to all the parents and Rochell Rangers for coming out and welcoming me to your fun literacy night!
 

 

Fri
Oct
13

Back in Oklahoma!


 

 
On this Friday the 13th I was lucky enough to be invited back to the Miami Public Library in Miami, Oklahoma! Once again, I had the pleasure of meeting all the 5th graders from nearby Nichols Elementary. The kids were bussed in throughout the day and we rocked the library’s upstairs activity room!
 

 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Beauchamp for inviting me back. It was great catching up (but sorry for the blurry pic). And a big thanks to all the Nichols Elementary 5th graders. I enjoyed visiting your town again (right on Route 66, you know) and had a fun time spending the day with you!