Archive for the 'Author Visits' Category

Mon
Apr
1

A Writers Luncheon



Today I spent the day at Hazelwood Elementary—home of the Plott Hounds!

I was greeted with cool welcome banners and even cooler greeters/guides, Maddie & Maddison!

After two fun shows in the school library, I signed a bunch of books, and then enjoyed a luncheon with several young writers whose essays won them the opportunity to have lunch with you-know-who!

It was great meeting you: Alex, Ariana, Lilly, Maddie, Madison, and Naomi. And get well soon, Alex.

After lunch, I visited the big readers in Ms. Smith’s 4th grade class for a fun writing workshop. I hope you like my writing tips, and I can’t wait to read what you come up with!

Thanks to Mrs. Pope and Mrs. Clarke for having me out (be sure to thank your TGI Fridays connection for lunch). And a big thanks to all the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for such a fun day. I hope you enjoy my books and you all have fun at your Battle of the Books party!

Fri
Mar
29

Soaring with the Blackhawks



Today I spent the day with the Blackhawks of Weaverville Elementary! I was greeted with a cool welcome sign AND two Blackhawk guides (thanks Aria and Emily)!

I performed three shows for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade and then signed a bunch of books to be given away to some very lucky Blackhawks. Mrs. Harrison did a great job finding tons of my early titles; be sure to thank her!

After the presentation, I conducted a writing workshop for several winners of an essay contest. I was lucky enough to keep your essays and I have already read several of them—I can see why each of you won. Great job!

Congratulations and great to meet you: Abigail, Aedan, Alayna, Alfonso, Andrew, Audrey, Ava, Avery, Blake, Brayden, Carvinette, Colton, Ellen, Emily, Fernando, Kya, Liam, Lily, Lux, Maeve, Mia, Michael, Mitchell, Norah, Presleigh, Sabine, Sam, Shyanne, Skylar, Ta’Marion, Vlada, and Zane (sorry I missed you, Saige).

Thanks to Mrs. Harrison for inviting me out. Thanks to Mrs. Aubry for the tech support. And thanks to all the Blackhawks for being such a great audience. I hope you enjoy my books and don’t forget that reading is your superpower!

Thu
Mar
28

Back in North Carolina



Today I returned to North Carolina for a quick four-school tour, beginning with Hominy Valley Elementary in Candler, NC!

I performed three shows for all the HVE Jets, met many young writers and future screenwriters, and enjoyed taking some great questions!


After lunch, (and this month’s fire drill coming in under the wire), I got to hang out with 4th Grade again for a fun writing workshop!

There were more great questions and I hope everyone had as much fun as I did—thank you, Bailey, for the use of your name.

Thanks to Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Walker for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Hollifield and Coach Rogers for helping with the setup. Thanks to all the 4th Graders for attending the workshop; I expect great things. And thanks to the rest of the Jets for a great first day back in North Carolina. It’s great to be back!

Tue
Mar
12

Fun at Fairview!



My last day for this Arkansas trip had me at Fairview Elementary in Fort Smith!

I spent the entire day at Fairview, performed three shows, and signed a ton of books for the students and the school library!

I had a wonderful time meeting everyone and even got a preview for a cool new story. I can’t wait to read about your new characters, Remi!

Thanks to Mrs. Petrucci and the PTA for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Crenshaw for all the help. Thanks to everyone for lunch. Thanks to Jenny for letting me know about how your class doesn’t like the word, “can’t.”

But the biggest thanks of all goes to all the great kids at Fairview Elementary. I hope you enjoy your books, but if you didn’t get one, be sure to check out one of my signed books from your library!

Mon
Mar
11

Back in Arkansas!



Today I visited another fun Arkansas school—Westside Elementary, home of the Rebels!

We hung out in the music room all day (thanks Mrs. Ross) and enjoyed three exciting shows together! In between shows, I enjoyed reading the hundred dollar essays posted in the cafeteria. I don’t know if I could be that creative with a hundred dollars.

Thanks to Mrs. Fields for inviting me. Thanks again to Mrs. Ross for the use of the room (and happy birthday, by the way)…



…but the biggest thanks of all goes to the Rebels themselves! I hope you enjoyed my visit and I hope you put those bookmarks to good use and remember the four important words printed on them!

Tue
Mar
5

Back for Career Week!



Today I had the pleasure of returning to McDonald Elementary in Ferris, TX!

Last time I visited for McDonald’s Book Week, but THIS time I was featured during their Career Week! I had a great time meeting all the students and seeing the many career costumes in the crowd!

Thanks to Mrs. Nunez for having me out. Thanks to Coach Davis for the use of the gym. Thanks to Mrs. Miles for all the great help. And a big thanks to all the wonderful McDonald students! I hope my show gave you some career ideas and the four words it takes to make those careers happen–I Can Do That!

Fri
Mar
1

Read Across America!



I spent the morning with the Austin Elementary Astronauts in Richmond, TX! The Astronauts were celebrating Read Across America Day by coming to school in their pajamas, listening to storytellers from all over, and meeting … me!

I performed three shows, signed a bunch of books, and spotted some fun hats!

I also ran into hometown friend, Mrs. Coats (although I didn’t recognize her dressed as the Cat in the Hat).

Thanks to Mrs. Collins for inviting me out. Thanks to Mrs. Williams for all the help. Thanks to Mrs. Coats and the PTO for making my visit possible. And a big thanks to all the Astronauts themselves. I hope you had as much fun celebrating Read Across America Day as I did!

Thu
Feb
28

Cool Club Hill Headgear



Today I enjoyed “hat day” at Club Hill Elementary in Garland, TX—home of the Cougars! All leading up to National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’ birthday), there were many great hats in the school. I fit right in!

I performed three shows in the morning and met so many young writers and even a few future screenwriters.

Thanks to Mrs. Drummond for inviting me. Thanks to Mrs. Montgomery for the introductions. And the biggest thanks of all goes to the Club Hill Cougars themselves. I enjoyed seeing your many hats and I hope you read plenty of great books on Saturday!

Mon
Feb
25

Westside & Wooster



This morning I began my quick Arkansas tour of Greenbrier Public Schools on the west side … at Westside Elementary in Greenbrier, Arkansas!

I performed in front of two great groups of students and I got to meet Mrs. Lewter’s Destination Imagination group (I even sign their stageplay)!

After signing a bunch of books in the school library, I zipped over to Wooster Elementary!

After each of the two afternoon shows, I had the pleasure of signing more books for several Wooster students!


Thanks to Mrs. Duncan for having me out at Westside. Thanks to Mr. Weiler for the Westside tech support. Thanks to Mrs. Stevens for inviting me to Greenbrier and for having me out to Wooster. And thanks to Coach VanPelt for the use of her gym and the Wooster technical help. But the biggest thanks goes to the great students of Westside and Wooster elementary schools. You helped make my first day in Arkansas exciting, welcoming, and fun!

Fri
Feb
15

New Friends at Carlisle



Today was the end of Friendship and Kindness week at Carlisle Elementary in Plano, TX and I made a bunch of new friends, those being the Carlisle Coyotes!

I got to see all of the Coyotes at once during one big show and even introduce them to all of the friends I feature in my presentation.

Thanks to Mrs. Jones and the Carlisle PTA for inviting me. Thanks to Coach Barbour for help setting up and for taking pictures. And the biggest thanks of all goes to the Carlisle Coyotes themselves. I hope you enjoyed my visit and remember to email your new friend any questions you think of later!