Feb 18

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 Washburn Rover travel guitar. If you want to read an extensive article about choosing a guitar for yourself, check out this cool article HERE. 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!

Feb 17

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!

Feb 13

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!

Feb 10

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!

Feb 6

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!

Feb 5

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!

Feb 4

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!