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Wed
Feb
15

Fun Day at Fairmount!


 

 
Today I began a new Colorado tour in lovely Golden, Colorado–at Fairmount Elementary, home of the Firebirds! I arrived to see a cool welcome banner from the kids as well as a display showing many factoids about my life. Nice preparation!
 

 
I gave four presentations today and Mrs. Johnson gave out my bookmarks after every show. I expect some Firebirds will be firing questions at me through my website!
 

 
Between shows, I spent time signing copies of many books brought in by the students themselves. There were some of my earliest works in there, too. I hope everyone enjoys reading them!
 

 
For lunch, I enjoyed a pizza party with 14 students (2 from each grade) who had their names chosen in a drawing. We enjoyed a detailed discussion and I even got some questions I’ve never had before! Nice meeting you: Ashleigh, Cailyn, Charles, Ethan C., Ethan O., Ian, Jack, Jayden, Julia, Lucas, Nathan, Sebastian, Sterling, and Violet!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Johnson for having me out. Thanks to her again and to Ms. Suzie for the excellent student preparation and displays–way to go! Thanks to all of my lunch buddies for the enjoyable company and insightful questions. And a big thanks to ALL of the Fairmount Firebirds for getting my latest Colorado visit off to a roaring start!
 

 

Fri
Feb
10

Friday at Fredonia!


 

 
My week-long visit of Nacogdoches ISD ended at Fredonia Elementary! I gave two performances and the Fredonia students were just like all the other kids I met all week: enthusiastic, courteous, and loaded with great questions!
 

 
After my last show, I met with some other students and had another book-signing. Great to meet you, everyone. I hope you enjoy my book!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Rameriz and Mrs. Ward for having me out (and for the wonderful gift bag). After driving home, I had a Fredonia email and Facebook message waiting for me. So thanks for writing, Abryee & Michael! And a big thanks to all the great kids at Fredonia Elementary! You were quite the grand finale for a fun week in Nacogdoches, Texas!
 

 
In fact, another thanks to ALL the students I met in Nacogdoches ISD. I hope you writers keep writing…you readers keep reading…and you ALL remember the FOUR WORDS!
 

 

 

Thu
Feb
9

Some Fine Art at TJR!


 

 
Today at Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts (TJR for short), I was greeted with fine art indeed. The entire stage was covered with banners and posters welcoming me and giving out some encouraging phrases–and not only my own! There was so much art, I don’t have room to post it all! There was even a list of questions for me (which they all remembered to ask) including one I’ve never gotten before about my favorite font. Good one, Maren!
 

 

 
Here with one of TJR’s young artists. I got to sign Elia’s wonderful drawing of me. Like I told her, she’s very talented and has a keen eye for great subject matter!
 

 
After three shows for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, I signed a bunch of books (and some more of their talented artwork), I had lunch, and then I met with some of the book club kids for even more questions. They had been thinking of them a long time before I arrived and it showed.
 

 
I even got a look at Zolan’s graphic novels. He’s very talented and he gave me an autographed copy of one of his drawings. Very cool!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Colgan for having me out. Thanks to Kayla for the welcome note. Thanks again to Maren for the great question (I can’t wait to see your books in bookstores). Thanks to Zolan for the drawing (I’m ready to see your comic books in bookstores, too). Thanks Elia, and all the other young artists who created such welcoming artwork. And a big thanks to all the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at TJR. You were more than welcoming with all of your fine art!
 

 

Wed
Feb
8

Fun Day at BQJ!


 
Today I enjoyed a great time at Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary (AKA BQJ)! I gave two performances in front of the big screen in the cafeteria with two enthusiastic crowds. After one of the shows, I even got to browse a couple of stories from one of the young BQJ writers. They were “Zombie in the Closet” and “Hippo on the Airplane.” Creative stuff. Keep writing, Kennedi!
 

 
After signing bunches of books, I had a pizza party with the winners and honorable mentions of the drawing contest. Some talented work decorated the library, and I hear that they will soon come up with stories do go with those drawings! Great job: Alicia, Chloe, Davion, Dillon, Eduardo, Isabelle, Jennifer, Kelsy, Kiran, Raven, and Ximena!
 

 
Before I performed my last show in the library, I was interviewed on-camera by KETK. It’s a good thing the interview snuck up on me so I didn’t have a chance to be anxious. Oddly enough, I can make pig oinks (with the face to match) in front of hundreds of students but interviews make me nervous.
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Sanders for having me out. Thanks to Coach Jones for the technical support (and The Time reference). Thanks to Ms. Stephanie and Ms. Courtney for all the help (good luck with the guitar, Stephanie). And a big thanks to all the young readers and writers at BQJ! I hope someday to read some of those books, stories, and comic books I heard so much about!
 

 

Tue
Feb
7

Carpenter & Nettie Marshall


 
Today I visited two fun schools in one day! This morning I had the pleasure of meeting all the great kids at Emeline Carpenter Elementary. It was picture day so I wasn’t the only one dressed up!
 

 
I performed two shows in the gym where Mrs. Cassie and Ms. Ella signed along during my shows. I talk fast so I hope they weren’t too worn out afterward.
 

 
After my presentations it was off to the library to sign a bunch more Night of the Dragons books. I hope everyone enjoys them!
 

 
After lunch, I zipped over to Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language where they were celebrating their 100th day of school. I performed in the gym and then over on the main stage in the cafeteria. Before both shows, two students, Jiletsi and Izaiden were brave enough to give my introduction in front of the entire school!
 


 
Thanks to Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Flores for having me out. Thanks again to Mrs. Taylor for setting everything up (great to finally meet you after all the emailing). Thanks to Coach Chatman and Mr. K (sounds like the name of a funk band from the 70s) for all the technical support. Thanks again to Mrs. Cassie and Ms. Ella for translating. Thanks again to Jiletsi and Izaiden for the introductions (you did great!). And the biggest thanks of all goes to all the wonderful students at Carpenter and Nettie Marshall. Have fun at your upcoming book fairs and pick up some more brain food—you know, books!
 

 

 

Mon
Feb
6

Rockin’ at Raguet!


 

 
Today I began my week-long NISD tour at Raguet Elementary, in Nacogdoches, TX! I performed three shows and the students were courteous, friendly, and welcoming!
 

 
There were book signings after every show, too! Several Raguet students got a copy of my Night of the Dragons book, which is fitting since all of Nacogdoches ISD are the Dragons! Hence, I won’t call out everyone’s mascot this week. However, this does explain why everyone’s dragon roars were top notch. I’m going to need a hearing aid by the end of the week!
 

 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Herson-Green for having me out, for lunch, and dining conversation. Thanks to Mrs. Cole for help setting up. And a big thanks to each and every Raquet Elementary student. Your school was a great start for my week in Nacogdoches!
 

 

Fri
Jan
27

Last Day in Sherman


 

 
My second day in Sherman, TX began at Neblett Elementary–home of the Knights! I didn’t see them at first but Jasmine and Rihanna quickly ushered me to where the cool thank you banners were hung (they especially wanted to show off the one they had made personally).
 

 

 
After two shows, I signed some books and then enjoyed a pizza party with a select few Neblett Knights. I enjoyed my time with you: Aiden, Ariana, Bailey, Ethan H. Ethan L., Joan, Liberty, Mallorie, Mariela, Molly, Raymond, and Treasure.
 

 
After lunch, I dashed over to Washington Elementary to hang out with the 3rd and 4th grade Washington Tigers. Even though only two grades were represented, I’m sure their tiger roars were heard throughout the rest of the school!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Melton and Mrs. White for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Weeks and Mrs. Donohoe for the tech support. Thanks to Mrs. Hartman for the pics. And a big thanks to all the wonderful Knights and Tigers for making a fun end to my visit to Sherman ISD!
 

 

 

 

Thu
Jan
26

Sherman, TX – Day One


 

 
Today I began my brief tour of Sherman ISD with Jefferson Elementary—home of the Eagles! I gave a presentation to the entire school and received a special book written by one of the students. Thanks, Levi!
 

 
Afterward, I zipped over to the library to sign a few books and experience one of Mrs. Evans’ virtual field trips—this one to Mount Everest. Good thing everyone was bundled up!
 
Once down from the summit, I learned that Jefferson is getting their very own book published and it’s being dedicated…to me! That’s a first for me. I can’t wait to read it!
 

 
Later, I was lucky to have lunch with some of the bright young Eagles themselves. It was great meeting you: Adrian, Chloe, Daniella, Emily, Jeremy, King, Korbin, Maria, Maya, and Skylar.
 

 
For the afternoon, I headed over to Wakefield Elementary—to meet the Mustangs! It was another huge audience with another single presentation to the entire school. I bet they heard the dragon roars all the way over at Jefferson. But before it all began, Mrs. Daniels presented me with a school shirt and a trophy for being one of Wakefield’s Heroes. Very cool!
 

 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Noble, Mrs. Evans, and Mrs. Berry for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Evan for the book AND book dedication. Thanks again to Mrs. Daniels for the shirt and trophy. And a big thanks to the Jefferson Eagles and Wakefield Mustangs. You were very welcoming during my first day in Sherman, TX!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thu
Jan
12

First School in 2017


 
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My first visit of the year had me taking a short jaunt down to Houston, TX at Field Elementary! I spoke to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who had been brainstorming great questions long before I arrived–and it showed! And that’s not all they did before I showed up; most of the students helped create cool welcome banners!
 
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Between shows I enjoyed an entertaining lunch with a few of Field’s best readers and writers. I got to answer some more insightful questions and I learned about all their favorite books. It was great talking to you: Ada, Aeofo, Alexa, Alyssa, Jasmin, Kendahl, Nadeline, Nadiyah, and Sofia!
 
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I also got to sign tons of books for many of the students, thanks to the Field PTO!
 
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Even though Mia’s Kindergarten class didn’t make my show, she had to come down to the library and get her book signed. I’m glad you enjoyed my book, Mia!
 
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Thanks to Mrs. Esquivel for all the hard work and great company. Thanks to Mrs. Ho Peché and the Field PTO for inviting me and setting up the book signing. And the biggest thanks of all goes to the great students at Field Elementary. I couldn’t ask for a better way to begin the new year!
 
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Wed
Dec
14

Last School Visit of the Year!


 
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Day of three of three in DFW had me up north in Allen, TX (right down the road from the old Wishbone backlot). I spent a fun-filled day with the Vikings of Vaughan Elementary! There were banners greeting me on the way in and tons of kids who welcomed me face-to-face. A very nice reception!
 
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Between shows I even got the chance to visit some classrooms where I answered some more great questions from the kids (and teachers). Here we are at Mrs. Duckworth’s and Mrs. Domenico’s class. I even got to sign Hunter’s own Garfield book. It looked very well-read!
 
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Thanks to Mrs. Almand and the PTA for inviting me out. Thanks to Mrs. Beasley for all the help and the nice pics. And a big thanks to each and every one of the Vaughan Vikings! Enjoy your last week of school and Happy Holidays to all!
 
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