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Mon
Mar
5

Swimming with Dolphins…again!


 



 
After a WHOLE day off, I traveled to Austin, TX for a return visit to Decker Elementary—home of the Dolphins! I visited Decker once before back in 2009 and was welcomed back with a huge banner on the library window. Crafted by the Dolphins themselves, the banners featured many characters from my books. Great work, everyone!
 

 
I performed my presentations in the library and signed bunches of library books for the Dolphins to check out later. I hope you enjoy them!
 

 
And a silly one…
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Mitchell for inviting me and for lunch. And a big thanks to all the Decker Dolphins for welcoming me back to your school with all the hard work on the banners and your best behavior during my shows. It was great to be back!
 

 

Fri
Mar
2

Klein ISD – Day Five


 

 
My final school visit for Klein ISD was at Frank Elementary—home of the Frank Flyers! And guess what, it was another crazy-cool hat kind of a day with the theme: Grab a hat and read with the Cat. So there were tons of cool Cat-in-the-hat hats and more!
 

 
Some crazier than others!
 

 
Just staying at Frank today, I performed three shows for all the Flyers and signed bunches of books in the library!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Erkman for having me out and for lunch. Thanks to Ms. Irma for help setting up. And a big thanks to all the Frank Flyers for not only being a great grand finale to my tour through Klein ISD but also Read Across America Week. Now fly into the library and check out a good book!
 

 

 

Thu
Mar
1

Klein ISD – Day Four


 

 
Today Read Across America Week continued with Haude Elementary—home of the Jaguars! I performed two shows in their cool library and answered a ton of great questions. The Jaguars were so prepared, they had tons of great questions waiting for me on a white board!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Jaffray for having me out and for the tasty lunch. And the biggest thanks goes to all the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Haude Jaguars! Thanks for the fun morning and the great questions. And don’t forget to email me if you think of any others!
 

 
After lunch (thanks again, Mrs. J), I was off to Kohrville Elementary—home of the Coyotes! I was pleasantly surprised to see most of the Coyotes wearing fun hats in honor of Dr. Seuss’s The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins—my kind of crowd! I was further surprised to be presented with a brand new hat from Mrs. Holt and her daughter Allie! It’s Coyote purple, too! Very generous!
 

 
I had to put it on right away and break it in for the 2nd through 5th graders. Another cool hat for my collection!
 

 
After each show, I signed a ton of books for the library and many of the Coyotes themselves. And I received yet another surprise—a bunch of wonderful letters from Ms. Cook and Ms. Ruffin’s 3rd graders. I can’t wait to read them!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Holt for having me out and for the generous gift (my first purple hat!). Thanks to Mrs. Alvarado and Miss Quinn for taking pictures. And the biggest thanks of all to the Kohrville Coyotes themselves. If I didn’t sign a book for you, be sure to check out the one from your library. I hope you enjoy them!
 

 

 

Wed
Feb
28

Klein ISD – Day Three


 

 
This morning I had the pleasure of attending Brill Elementary, as you can see above, home of the brilliant Broncos! They were even more brilliant than usual, being smartly-dressed for picture day. That made everyone especially enjoy the image from my show from my own picture day in elementary school!
 

 
The Broncos were as well-mannered as they were well-dressed and they had some great questions for me. However it did get a little crazy when I called, “selfie time” (sorry, teachers. My fault).
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Artman for having me out and inviting me to Klein ISD in the first place (way to go setting up everything!!!). And a special thanks to all the Broncos themselves. Stay brilliant, Broncos!
 

 
After lunch out with Mrs. Artman and Mrs. Zachary (thanks again for lunch, Mrs. Z), I zipped over to McDougle Elementary—home of the Lions! I was ready to perform in the school gym. I just had to dodge a few balls while waiting to set up.
 

 
I signed a couple of my Green Lantern books for the library and then gave two shows for two huge crowds! Of course the McDougle Lions knew how to make proper dragon roars (with all their lion roar practice).
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Zachary for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Dudley and Mr. Owens for the sound setup. Thanks to coaches Braziel, McFarlane, and Orrego for the use of the gym and all the help. And the biggest thanks of all goes to the Lions themselves! I hope you enjoy my books. And after you’re finished, check out some more library books while you’re at it. Mrs. Zachary has shelves of them just waiting for you!
 

 

 

Tue
Feb
27

Klein ISD – Day Two


 

 
Today I began the morning at Greenwood Forest Elementary—home of the Grizzly Bears! I gave two back-to-back shows for all the 1st through 5th graders and we brought down the cafeteria!
 

 
I was in and out quick, but it was fun meeting you and answering your questions!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Schneider for all the help and the introductions. And a big thanks to all the great Grizzly Bears! Don’t forget what I said about sending me more questions!
 

 
After leaving my new friends at Greenwood Forest, I zipped over to Mittelstädt Elementary to have lunch and meet the Mittelstädt Patriots! As it turns out, my elementary school (Russell Elementary) were the Patriots, too! Don’t believe me? Check it out HERE!
 

 
Before my presentations, I got to hang out with Max, the cool library rabbit!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Bullen for having me out, to Mrs. Ledbetter for all the help, to Max for being all rabbity-cute-and-cuddly…and a big thanks goes to all the Mittelstädt Patriots! Get to the library and chew on a good book (as Wishbone would say), and keep Max company as he chews on a carrot stick!
 

 

Mon
Feb
26

Klein ISD – Day One


 

 
As part of Read Across America Week, I began my Klein ISD, 5-day, 8-school tour at Zwink Elementary—home of the Zebras! I spoke to Zwink’s around 1100 students in both the cafeteria and the library!
 

 
I met an abundance of your writers and future screenwriters and even got to see one young writer’s book-in-progress. Keep up the good work, Shawn! I also met a former Askew All-Star who saw my presentation two years earlier. Great to see you again, Lamaryah!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Mumme for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Benoit for all the help. Thanks to the Wishbone fan club among the teachers for their cheers at the mention of one of my favorite past endeavors. And thanks to the Zwink Zebras themselves for starting my Klein ISD tour off with a bang!
 

 

Fri
Feb
23

Two Schools Near Houston


 
Today I spent the morning at Neill Elementary in Richmond, TX! I got to hang out with the Neil Longhorns and follow their character-building assembly—Castle Quest!
 

 
There were tons of young writers in the audience and even a couple of future screenwriters. I know this because two of them emailed me later for advice. Good luck on your screenplay, Ava & Elijah!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. O’Brien for inviting me. Thanks to Castle Quest guys, Parker and James for the use of the equipment. And a big thanks to all the Neill Longhorns for the fun morning!
 

 
After two shows at Neill, I zipped over to nearby Highlands Elementary to have lunch and spend the day with the Highlands Scotties! This was my second visit to Highlands Elementary with a new librarian, all-new Scotties, but just as much fun. After both shows, Mrs. Allen drew names for lucky winners to receive one of my books!
 

 
Congratulations: Alex, Anna, Caitlynn, Daniel, Jenisha, Johnathan, Luci, Ramona, Ria, Rishit, Tobi, and Veda! It was great meeting you and a pleasure to sign each of your books!
 

 

 

 
No, there’s not a virus going around, some Scotties watched 101 Dalmatians today and many students dressed the part!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Evans for inviting me and for lunch. And a special thanks to all the Scotties! You still know how to make an author feel welcome!
 

Fri
Feb
9

Bowman Middle School – Day 2


 

 
Day two at Bowman Middle School began with a huge crowd—ALL of 7th grade in one go! Everyone was great and many asked some insightful questions. Thanks for sticking around to ask more: Jasmine and Andrew!
 

 
Later, some of the 7th graders and I hammered out some writing techniques and tips during two of my writing workshops!
 

 
Thanks again to Ms. Larch and the BMS PTA for having me out. Thanks to Mr. Williams and Mrs. Harper for help setting up. Thanks again to Mrs. Scheurer for the use of the library (feel better soon). And the biggest thanks of all goes to all the BMS 6th and 7th graders! Although I haven’t lived in Plano for years, you made me feel right at home!
 

 

 

Thu
Feb
8

Bowman Middle School – Day 1


 
Today was day one of two fun-filled days at Bowman Middle School in Plano, TX! I had a great time with all the 6th graders (7th grade tomorrow), and they had tons of great questions!
 

 
Not only did they enjoy the screenwriting segment but also hearing about me co-writing my very first video game. Better yet, this group is just about old enough to play it! Since you showed such interest, that name again is Wilson’s Heart and you can check it out: HERE!
 

 
Thanks to Ms. Larch and the BMS PTA for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Scheurer for all the help and the use of the library. Thanks to Mr. Williams for the tech support. Thanks again to Miller Hats (today was the maiden voyage of my new blue pork pie). And a big thanks to all the Bowman Middle School 6th graders. You had some great questions and if you think of something else, catch me in the halls tomorrow!
 

 

 

Mon
Feb
5

Twice as Nice at Rice


 

 
It was a big day (and night) for me in Tyler, TX! First, I was invited back to Rice Elementary to hang out with the Rice Rangers again!
 

 
I spent the day with the Rangers giving three presentations, signing some books, and having a writing workshop with some of the 4th graders.
 

 

 
And…the obligatory silly one.
 

 
That evening, I was honored to be the guest author at Tyler ISD’s first LitCon…and it was crazy!
 

 

 
I signed more books, met some great people including Kornpop the Klown!
 

 
I gave another presentation (with the help of Kornpop’s balloon penguin)…
 

 
…and this time I had a little help from some of the Rice Rangers!
 

 
Thanks to Ms. Tunnell and the Rice PTA for having me back at the school, inviting me to your very first LitCon, and the generous gift basket and cookies! Thanks to Mrs. Gaston for all the help. Thanks to Mrs. Smith, your Speech Teacher but MY classmate from high school (great catching up with you!). But the biggest thanks goes to all the Rice Rangers and Tyler ISD students, parents, and teachers who came out to LitCon! It was packed, crazy, but a lot of fun!