Nov 19

Today I spent some time with the 6th graders at Taylor Middle School in Taylor, TX. I gave three presentations, met a bunch of polite and intelligent students, and answered some great questions about writing. I also had a special guest listening in on my shows–Dobby! Check him out in the picture above.
Even though these kids were too old for my silly song at the end, it does look like I’m holding a high note here. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah love a parade!
Thanks to Mrs. DeHoyos for inviting me, for the use of her library, and all the help setting up. Thanks to Mr. DeHoyos for the tasty BBQ lunch. And a big thanks to all the future writers and current readers at Taylor Middle School!

Nov 8

What a great day at The Academy at Nola Dunn! I was greeted by a cool welcome board and then I performed two shows to the very polite Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. I even got to pose with Mrs. Pearce’s class after they gave me a super-sized thank you!
After a nice lunch in the teacher’s lounge, I held an extended writing workshop to all the 4th and 5th graders. I was pleased to discover how many young writers are at Nola Dunn. And I’m not talking about just the show of hands when I asked. I could tell by the many insightful questions I had thrown at me. I’m sorry that I didn’t have time to answer them all.
Thanks to Mrs. Patterson for inviting me and I hope you and your fellow educators have a safe trip to Boston. And a super-sized thanks back to everyone at The Academy at Nola Dunn!

Nov 7

I just performed at my first school for the season — Bullard Elementary in Bullard, TX. Home of the Panthers! I gave two shows to each and every 4th grader in the school. According to my brief audience poll, Bullard Elementary 4th grade is chocked full of readers AND writers. They had some great questions, too. Including the rare question as to why movie novelizations are usually different from the movies themselves. I’m glad I could answer that one and if anyone else wants to know why, attend one of my shows and you’ll get a side-by-side comparison!
Thanks to Mrs. Williams for inviting me. Thanks to Mrs. Naumann for the help and the great introductions. Thanks to all the kids who took pictures today; there are a couple posted right here! And a big thanks to all the Bullard Elementary 4th Graders! Keep reading and keep writing!