Today I visited two Fort Worth schools on their last day before spring break. First stop was Sagamore Hill Elementary where I performed two shows for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. After each show, I met some diehard Wishbone fans, avid readers, and creative writers. Keep reading, you guys! Mrs. Nelson is very proud of all the young readers at your school. Sounds great to me, too!
Thanks to Mrs. Nelson for inviting me and for the gift bag of goodies. Thanks to Mr. Ornelas, Mrs. Parada, and Mrs. Segreti for taking pictures. Thanks to Mr. Porter for helping me set up (and for being a big Night at the Museum fan). And a big thanks to all the Sagamore Hill Elementary students. Have a happy spring break!
After my fun morning at Sagamore Hill, I zipped over to JT Stevens Elementary for lunch—cheeseburger day, yay! Before my two shows, I was greeted by several welcome banners including one made by the students themselves. However, I received a one-of-a-kind welcome when I was flash-mobbed in the library during lunch. The G&T students surprised me with an original welcome song! That’s a first for me—very cool!
Thanks to Mrs. Maples for inviting me. I hope you enjoyed your first author visit—you did a great job! Thanks to the flash mob members: Mae, Gracie, Michelle, Grant, Jackie, and Sarah. And a big thanks to the rest of the JT Steven Cardinals. Keep your wings spread and soar for the sky!
This month has the release of two more of my contributions to the Tony Hawk: Live 2 Skate series. I wrote four in total and all were great fun — considering that I haven’t been atop a skateboard since I was the age of the books’ main characters. Luckily, I received some expert advice from some sick skaters!
Thanks to Ezra, Lucas, and Ian in Kalispel, Montana and thanks to former skater Hugo, in Austin, Texas (look for your namesake in Revive, Hugo).
Pencils and Colors: Fernando Cano
Inks: Laura Rivera
Cover Copy: Another move to another city. No friends, nowhere to skate. Then…an empty amusement park. I’m Jason Hart, and I Live 2 Skate. How do you live?
Pencils and Colors: Fernando Cano
Inks: Nancy Andrews
Cover Copy: An Extra in a movie. Forced to skate with a punk. Racing for the featured role. I’m Russel Chen, an I Live 2 Skate. How do you live?
Today I enjoyed a fun morning with the Fort Elementary Bulldogs in Royse City, TX! I was lucky enough to be their guest as they geared up for their Family Reading Night where there will be mystery readers, prizes, and the Half Price Books Bookworm! Be sure to attend, if not for the five Kindles they’re giving away but for the many literary characters you might bump into. I saw four of them today and just had to get a pic with them!
Thanks to Mrs. Moore for inviting me and thanks to Mrs. Gill for the great introductions! Thanks to Mrs. O’Conner and Mrs. Seay for the technical expertise. And a big thanks to all the Fort Elementary Bulldogs. Best of luck at your Family Reading Night. For those of you who win those Kindles, be sure to download plenty of great books!
Another welcome sign greeted me today when I drove up to Tanglewood Elementary in Fort Worth, TX–home of the Tigers! Today I got to meet the Kindergarden, 1st, and 2nd Graders. Don’t worry, the rest of the school wasn’t left out. I heard they had a great time with visiting author, Melissa Williams!
I thoroughly enjoyed my day and we had a great time singing, posing for pictures, and learning that we can be anything we want when we remember those four powerful words! You guys remember them, don’t you? I signed bunches of books and answered many insightful questions. Except … even though I’ve written many LEGO books, no, I didn’t write the LEGO movie (I’ve been getting that one quite often lately).
Thanks to Mr. Williams for helping me set up. Thanks to Mrs. Catalano and the Tanglewood PTA for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Catalano and Mrs. Cook for the lunch company (sorry neither Mrs. Smith nor Mrs. McKenzie could make it). And a big thanks to the Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Grade Tanglewood Tigers. I hope those of you who got some of my books enjoy reading them and I hope the rest of you write some stories of your own!
Me and Mrs. Wellman’s 2nd grade class!
Today I was greeted with a warm welcome on the sign at Bell Manor Elementary in Bedford, TX! I had a fun time meeting all the Bell Manor Bobcats and gave two jam-packed shows in the school gym. After each show, I signed a bunch of books and special bookmarks for many of the Bobcats and got to answer more questions; these kids were overflowing with great questions!
Mrs. Fisher’s 3rd grade class won the prize of having a lunch-with-the-author pizza party and I got to attend, too because … I was the author. I enjoyed spending time with everyone and I hope each of you enjoy your signed bookmarks. Great to meet you: Cabrina, Chas, Hamnah, Yousu, Silao, Lauren, Jeremiah, Demetrius, Ja’vaya, Destiny, Laela, Ayden, Oman, Geniveve, Daylin, Jessica, Junior, Aymann, Kyla, Lamya, Kevin, Taylor, and Dakota.
After lunch I gave a writing workshop to the entire 4th grade. More great questions all around! And afterward, Mrs. Boyd’s class stuck around to sneak a group picture.
Here’s a welcome sign made by every one of the 1st graders. Thanks, guys!
Thanks to Mr. Huber for all the technical help setting up. Thanks to Mrs. George for the use of her library for the writing workshop. Thanks to Mrs. Rush, Mrs. Skjolsvik, Mrs. Love, and the rest of the Bell Manor PTA for inviting me and for the great gift bag. And a big thanks to all the Bell Manor Bobcats. As you can see, when I got home, I wasn’t about to let Norman the donkey wear my new Bobcats T-shirt.
When I arrived at Gilmer Elementary in Gilmer, TX, I received one of my biggest welcomes ever! Not only were there cool welcome banners everywhere but also student versions of all my book covers all over the school! I couldn’t get pictures of all of them but I’ve added a few at the end of this post to show what I’m talking about!
After my first presentation, I signed some books in the library, checked out more of my book cover-inspired art, and ate lunch with nine GES talented young writers. I enjoyed answering their questions and listening to some excerpts of their work. I had a fun time: Parker, Allison, Sophia, Angel, Sarah, Chloe, Kaitlyn, Emma, and Lela!
Thanks to Mr. Wink for the great introductions. Thanks to Mrs. Broadwell and Mrs. Meza’s 3rd grade classes for all the kind letters they wrote BEFORE I arrived. Thanks to Mrs. Curry and Mrs. High for the cool book cover art project. A big thanks to Mrs. Reneau for inviting me, the tasty lunch, and the great gift bag! And a super-big thanks to ALL the Gilmer Elemenatry Buckeyes for the great day and warmest welcome I’ve received in a long time!
The last day of my Colorado tour had me driving in -8º weather once more, where I appeared at Coronado Elementary in Littleton! I performed three shows that each packed the school library from 000 to 900! See what I did there? A little Dewey Decimal reference. Anyway … after my first show, I met a group of girls who were Doctor Who fans like me (we all agree that fezzes are cool). I got to pose for a photo with Mrs. Dowell’s class and … after a lunch in the teacher’s lounge (that’s right, kids; I know what it’s like in the teacher’s lounge), I enjoyed a yummy donut from my new friend, Phyre. Thanks, dude!
Thanks to Mrs. Reseigh and the Coronado PTA for having me out. Also, thanks to Mrs. Homan for all your help when Mrs. Reseigh took some kids to the Tech Challenge (I hoped you guys won!). And a big thanks to all the great students at Coronado Elementary. Be sure to keep warm and keep your noses in some great books!
Thanks to all the JEFFCO students, teachers, and librarians! It was a pleasure meeting everyone!
This morning, I enjoyed a brisk -8º drive to Lakewood, Colorado to visit Rooney Ranch Elementary — home of the mountain lions! After three back-to-back presentations, I enjoyed a pizza party with the winners of a read-a-thon drawing. Thanks for the great lunch company: Elliot, Kyle, Austin, Liberty, Gavin, Katie, Kaitee, Sadie, and Lindsey. I truly enjoyed dining with you!
Thanks to Mrs. Schiele and the Rooney Ranch PTA for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Scott’s class and Mrs. Garrett’s Class for all the wonderful thank you cards. Again, there were too many to post but here are a couple of my favorites. And a big thanks to all the Rooney Ranch Mountain Lions. And guess what, Mountain Lions? When I asked how many of you enjoyed writing just for fun, your school raised the most hands so far. Way to go!
Hey, look! A fez monkey from Hunter!
I don’t remember this part of my show but this unsigned card included the joke on the back: How do you take a pig to the hospital? In a HAMbulance!
This morning I drove through the snow, up a winding mountain road, edged past massive snowplows (and equally massive mule deer) to reach Parmalee Elementary in Indian Hills–home of the panthers. Once there, I had two fun sessions with the students and received all kinds of wonderful questions from the Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders. Meanwhile, many of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders told me all about their own book ideas. One pair of girls (I didn’t get their names) told me about their upcoming project, written specifically for Kindergardeners. Keep up the good work, girls. I can’t wait to hear about it on the best sellers list!
Thanks to Mrs. Stylianou and the Parmalee PTA for having me out to their lovely school. Thanks to Mr. Fiore for technical wizardry. And a big thanks to all the Parmalee Elementary students for a fun morning, superb questions, and a great way to warm up on such a chilly morning. Keep writing those books, gang!
And check this out! After I got back to Texas, I received a very cool digital thank you from a bunch of Parmalee students. View it yourself: HERE!