My first visit to Iowa welcomed me with a brisk morning temp of 1º. After a scenic drive (seeing deer and bald eagles), I stopped at Montezuma Elementary! I enjoyed two shows with the energetic students and discovered that they had participated in a walk-a-thon last year. Turns out, they do it almost every year to raise money for school visits like mine. Thanks for all those steps, Montezuma Elementary!
Thanks to Mrs. Moretz and Mrs. DeJong for inviting me, for all the help, and for lunch. And thanks again to all the walking Montezuma students. If you walked far enough to get me there from Texas, than I guess a little cold weather is nothing to sneeze at, so to speak.
After another scenic drive (snow-covered fields, barns, and silos), I ended up at English Valleys Elementary—home of the Bears! Once set up, I was lucky enough to perform in front of the entire school in their gym. All the students were great and I should’ve known that anyone with a bear as a mascot would be superb at making dragon roars. My ears are still ringing!
Thanks to Mrs. Van Dee and Mrs. Andreassen for inviting me. Thanks to Mrs. Van Dee for all the help and for taking pictures. And a big thanks to all the English Valleys Bears! You were a great way to end my first trip to Iowa!
Today I went back to San Antonio, back to visit Dani’el Mason, but at her NEW school, Northwest Crossing Elementary! I was their visiting author for the “We Are Writers” event in celebration of Read Across America Day—which just so happens to be Dr. Seuss’s birthday! During the day, all the students were rotated to other events including the Storybook Players and Miss Anastasia. And after each of my three shows, Mrs. Mason had another surprise where lucky winners won copies of my books! I signed a bunch of books and even Nia’s leg cast. Get well soon, Nia!
Thanks again to Mrs. Mason for inviting me to her new school. Thanks to Mrs. Langill’s 4th grade class for the cool welcome banner. Thanks to Mrs. Sandoval for your help. And a big thanks to all the Northwest Crossing Cardinals! As I found out during my shows, you are a bunch of writers! Keep at it, Cardinals!
My last day of this latest Alabama tour had me at Airport Road Intermediate School in Coosada, AL. I performed two shows, each followed by a book signing. Then after lunch, I gave a writing workshop to some lucky ARIS students. A little birdie told me there were some mighty fine young writers in that group!
Thanks to Mrs. Jones for inviting me, ordering books, and taking pictures. Thanks to the Millbrook Men’s Club for sponsoring my trip. Thanks to Coach Parker for helping with the sound (and I’m glad you liked trying out my travel guitar). Thanks for Mrs. Bamberg for being such a big Wishbone fan. Don’t forget to find a Wishbone book and slip it into Mrs. Jones’ package she’s sending me. I’m happy to sign as many as you find!
Thanks to all the ARIS students who took part in my writing workshop; don’t forget what I taught you and keep writing those stories! And a big thanks to the rest of the ARIS students I met today. Thanks for making a fun last day in Alabama!
Instead of two states up, I was two state over today—all the way in Alabama. I began my morning at Eclectic Elementary in Eclectic, AL. I presented two shows atop the tall lunchroom stage. Luckily, I was able to meet all the second graders before they were bussed off to the Pinkalicious show (hence, all the pink outfits that morning). After my show, I signed more than 100 books for several EE students. That’s about as many books as I’ve written!
Thanks to Mrs. Quinn and the Eclectic Elementary PTA for having me out. Thanks again to Mrs. Quinn for lunch. Thanks to the library fish for doing cool fish stuff behind me while I signed books. Thanks to Mrs. Sanford for the high praise and kind words. And thanks to all Eclectic Elementary students. Keep reading and keep being eclectic!
I signed so many books, I had to take my lunch to go as I drove over to Millbrook Middle School in Millbrook, AL. Luckily, Mrs. Johnson had everything ready to go and I got to see their cool aquarium with Fiction, the turtle. I performed my third show of the day for all the 5th graders, and after that, I signed even more books!
I didn’t get to perform for Mrs. Johnson’s Broadcasting club but I got to meet them. I even left a copy of my Wishbone script for them to study. I don’t know how many talking dogs they get at the school but you never know!
Thanks to Mrs. Johnson for having me out and for the generous gift basket. And a big thanks to all the Millbrook 5th graders. I hope you enjoy your books and keep writing those stories!
Today I had the pleasure to visit Rockville Elementary in Louisburg, KS—home of the Wildcats (or Wild Kittens for the elementary). I was greeted with a couple of welcome banners signed by all the Wild Kittens themselves! Today was a big day for Rockville Elementary because I got to visit with the entire school in the morning and then everyone had a Valentine’s day party that afternoon. I even received a valentine from one of the students—thanks Belinda!
I performed a show for each grade (Kinder, 1st, and 2nd), signed tons of books for the students and school library, AND I even signed the collar of a Wishbone plush for Mrs. Richardson—a first for me.
Thanks to Mrs. Shaffer for inviting me, for doing a bang-up job on her second author visit, and for the wonderful gift basket. Thanks to the Louisburg Elementary PTO for having me. And a big thanks to all the Rockville Wild Kittens! Keep reading plenty of books on your way to becoming big, bad Wildcats!
I didn’t travel too far today to visit a bunch of great kids. First, I spent the morning at Hajek Elementary—home of the Hawks! I performed two morning shows in Hajek’s huge library in front of two lively groups of kids. We all had a fun time and the Hajek Hawks had all kinds of great questions. I even received a special drawing from a young boy named Colt. Thanks, Colt!
After a fun lunch with Mrs. Vernon and Mrs. Dalby, I zipped over to Mound Elementary—home of the Mustangs! During my shows, I discovered that this school was chocked full of young writers. And, because of that, I bet that everyone will enjoy their second annual “Come as your Favorite Book Character Day.” Too bad I missed it—would’ve given me the chance to wear my Sherlock Holmes hat!
Thanks to Mrs. Vernon and the Hajek PTO for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Dalby and the Mound PTO for having me over at Mound. Another thanks to Mrs. Dalby for the great gift bag—much appreciated. And a special thanks to ALL the Hawks and Mustangs. It was fun spending the day with you!
Today I finished my fourth visit to Colorado at Gilcrest Elementary in Gilcrest, CO. I was honored to be part of their I Love to Read month. Which is perfect because I DO love to read!
I performed two shows for almost all the students. I say almost because the entire 5th grade was having a DAY at the museum, so to speak, by enjoying a field trip to the museum of natural history. Luckily, Mrs. Felice videoed my show so you’ll get to watch it later. And … I signed a bunch of books to be given out as prizes. So keep reading, everyone. If you read enough, you might win one of my books … then you can read some more!
Thanks to Mrs. Felice for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Deselms for taking pictures. And thanks to all the great students at Gilcrest Elementary. Thanks for giving a final fun day in Colorado! Enjoy the rest of I Love to Read month. I think you’ll like what Mrs. Felice has in store for you!
I finally saw a little snow (albeit on the ground) during this Colorado trip. Nothing like the constant snow they had during my two week trip last year. However, the snow made for a pleasant drive on my way to Sierra Elementary in Arvado—home of the Sabertooths!
Once I arrived, I gave three shows for some of the most polite students I’ve ever met—thanks for being a great audience, Sabertooths! I was also pleased to discover how many young writers were there. I even was shown a story by Kyla and Areana. I hope you remember to send me your story when you’re finished. I can’t wait to read it!
Thanks to Mrs. Yacano for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Janet for all the help setting up. Thanks to Mrs. Martin for the book (looking forward to reading it). And a big thanks to all the Sierra Sabertooths (not Saberteeth, right?). I hope you put my bookmarks to good use!
Today I began my brief Colorado tour with a return to Aragon Elementary in Fountain, CO. I say “returned” since some technical difficulties on my end caused me to reschedule my visit. Luckily, the Aragon students and staff were just as welcoming on my return trip!
I enjoyed giving three presentations followed by a writing workshop for some special 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. They had some great questions and I just know they’re going off to write some wonderful stories. I met a bunch of Aragon Alligators up close when I signed a bunch of books for some prize-winning students.
Thanks to Mrs. Lorenzini for being a great host and for your help throughout the day. Thanks to Mrs. Davy and her hard work with donorschoose.org for having me out (I’m so sorry you were out sick today). Thanks to Mrs. Rapp for helping me set up. Thanks to Ms. Amanda and Mr. Maiurro for taking pictures. Thanks to all the Kindergarteners for the thank you cards. Thanks to Isaac for the candy bar—very thoughtful. And a big thanks to all the Aragon Alligators! I’m thrilled that I could make it back to see you!
Oak Hammock K-8
As part of Literacy Week, today I visited three great schools in Port St Lucie, FL beginning with Oak Hammock K-8! I performed three quick shows in the morning for select students from grades 2nd through 8th. I had a wonderful time but was disappointed to hear that I was going to miss the big parade of characters the next day. That, along with the spelling bee, sounded like a great way to celebrate Literacy Week!
After lunch at Oak Hammock, I zipped over to Bayshore Elementary where I gave a single performance for all of 4th and 5th grade! After the show, I signed my first copy of my latest release, the novelization of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (thanks, Antonio) and even signed a movie poster for Alana. I also signed a bunch of books for the Bayshore Library. I hope everyone enjoys reading them during the school year!
West Gate K-8
And tonight, for my last appearance in Port St Lucie, I performed at West Gate K-8 at their Literacy Week evening event where guests enjoyed a meal from Olive Garden and a show—me! There were many great questions and even some future screenwriters from what I could tell by the interest in the screenplays I had brought along.
Thanks to Mrs. Bolitho and Mrs. Wisniewski for having me at Old Hammock and for a fun lunch. Thanks to Mrs. Beans for having me at Bayshore and for hunting down all my out of print books for the library. Thanks to Mrs. Petruff for having me at West Gate and for coordinating the entire event. And a big thanks to all the students I met today. Have fun and read lots during the rest of Literacy Week!