Oct 12


I had an exciting day (and night) in the Rio Grande Valley where I first visited Yturria Elementary in Brownsville, TX. I had fun spending the morning with the Yturria Rangers! Everyone had great questions with many of them being well thought-out and written down ahead of time.

How about a game of Where’s the Author?

After I signed a ton of books, I had the pleasure of having lunch with the Reading Rangers Book Club. It was wonderful meeting all of you!


Thanks to Maria for the cool friendship bracelet (see my wrist below). Thanks to Mrs. Cortez for the fabulous introduction, to Mrs. Torres with all the book-wrangling, and to Mrs. Longoria for the generous gift basket and all the hard work preparing everything on such short notice. And a big thanks to all the Rangers for an exciting beginning to my trip back to the Valley!

After lunch I traveled to Victoria Heights Elementary, home of the Mighty Tigers!

After my single afternoon show (where I got to move down the aisle this time, up close and personal), I signed some more books (even a few for my own elementary school, Russell), I received yet another generous gift basket, and got to pose with my many welcome banners!



Thanks to Mr. Martinez for the great introduction, Mrs. Ara for the bookmarks and all your help, and to Mrs. Vital for having me out and for all of your wonderful preparation; I wouldn’t have known it was your first author visit if you hadn’t told me. And a big thanks to all the Tigers themselves. You made for an exciting afternoon!

But the day wasn’t over yet! Later that night, I was honored to be the first keynote speaker for BISD‘s Fall Literacy Conference!

Even though this was my first time presenting to all grown-ups, I had a great time sharing stories from my time at Russell Elementary, as well as the many things I’ve learned during my ten years of school visits. Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming letting me spend the day in BISD!


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