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Last Stop: San Antonio


Today I spent the last author visit of the school year at the very cool Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. I’ll admit I was a little unsure when I was first booked. I’ve worn special microphones and had someone signing beside me in past school visits, but I had never visited an entire school for deaf children. It turns out that I had nothing to worry about! I think that those of us who don’t touch that world have little idea of the advancements of various sorts of hearing aids and implants. I simply wore a microphone that was synced to the students’ devices and performed my show as usual.

We had three great shows and I met a bunch of amazing kids. We paused for some photo ops and I even got a tour of the school. I signed a few books for the school library, and I even signed some other stuff for a little surprise Mrs. Leal has been working up.

Thanks to Mrs. Leal for inviting me—great to finally meet you after such a long run of email tag. Thanks too for the wonderful gift bag–very generous! Thanks to Ms. Mindy for the technical support. And a big thanks to all the fine students at Sunshine Cottage. I’ve highlighted the school’s name both times because I recommend clicking it and visiting their website. It’s very enlightening. I think I learned more during my visit today than the students. Great way to end the school year!




Back at Vandergriff!


Today I returned to Vandergriff Elementary to perform another show for some more Grizzlies AND hold a writing workshop for the entire 3rd grade!

I also got to meet (and sign a book for) Assistant Principal for the day, Hunter!

Returning to Vandergriff two days later was great for me. I already knew where to hook into the equipment, the location of the nearest restroom—you know…important stuff. It was also good for Lauren (who was absent during my previous visit). And it gave many 3rd graders a chance to hand-deliver several thank you letters to me. Nice!

Thanks again to Mrs. Tate and the Vandergriff PTO for having me out. And a big thanks to all Vandergriff Grizzlies. Your double feature school visit was a fun way to end my latest trip to Arkansas!



Hangin’ with the Hawks


I spent a fun day at Happy Hollow Elementary—home of the Hawks! I performed a whopping four presentations to great crowds all around. We had Mrs. Troutt’s usual quiet library roaring with excitement (sorry, Mrs. T). There were so many young writers in all the grades, I couldn’t believe it. I had many of them come up to me after each show telling me about their various writing projects—way cool!

Thanks to Mrs. Troutt and the Happy Hollow PTO for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Luper for the photos. Thanks again to Mrs. Luper and to Coach West, Mr. Mark, Ms. Donahue, and Mrs. Smith for all the help during the presentations. And a big thanks to all the HH Hawks for the exciting day. Keep reading (quietly in the library—I can’t be there every day to rattle the windows with you) and keep writing those stories!


Back in Arkansas


Today I was in Fayetteville, Arkansas where I spent the first of two days at Vandergriff Elementary—home of the Grizzlies! I gave four shows in the library and I really heard those Grizzlies roar (of course they were doing dragon roars but I’m guessing it sounds similar). Either way, everyone seemed to have a good time!

I was swamped with many questions during and after each show. I had even more questions waiting for me when I returned to the hotel (isn’t that right, Corbin, Charles, Sarah, and Hadley?). These Grizzlies really like to learn!

Thanks to Mrs. Tate and the Vandergriff PTO for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Tate for all the help and the fun lunch. And a big thanks to all the Grizzlies themselves. I’ll be back with you on Friday after a side trip to Happy Hollow Elementary!


Ending at Evans!


My last stop in Pennsylvania was at Evans Elementary in Limerick, PA! I had another fun day with three big shows in front of three great crowds all around. And I learned that Evans was chocked full of young writers!

As long as they don’t forget those four words I talked about.

Thanks to Mrs. Havrilla and the Home and School Association for inviting me. Thanks to Mr. Raber for all the help and the fun superhero and super villain conversations. Thanks to Mr. Wesley for help setting up. And a big thanks to all the young writers and future screenwriters at Evans Elementary. You were quite the grand finale for my return trip to Pennsylvania!




Busy Day at Upper Providence

There was a lot going on at Upper Providence Elementary today. Artist Kevin Reese was there all day, creating an artistic mobile with a bunch of the students. The school was gearing up for the big Scholastic book fair that night. And they also had…me!

I gave three back-to-back shows to tons of future authors and screenwriters who were full of great questions (a couple I’ve never had before). After that, I had to clear out quickly since the parent volunteers swooped in to set up for the book fair!

Thanks to Mrs. Pflugler for having me out (and for putting her photography skills to great use). Thanks to Mr. George for help setting up. And thanks to all the great kids at UPE! Keep writing, get plenty of books at the book fair, and I hope you get to check out some of my signed books—now available in your school library!


Big Day at Oaks Elementary!


Today I enjoyed a fun day at Oaks Elementary in Oaks, PA! After being welcomed by a cool banner, I performed three shows and signed a bunch of books.

It wasn’t just a big day for me. Along with my presentations, the first graders got to go on a field trip to watch a play (note them in the matching yellow shirts). That’s two shows in one day for those kids!

I even enjoyed a photo op with many of the PTA kids. Great meeting you, everyone!

Thanks to Mrs. Rittenhouse and the Oaks PTA for having me out. And a big thanks to all the great kids at Oaks Elementary. I hope you had as much fun today as I did!




Back in Pennsylvania!

Today I began my four day tour of the Royserford area, PA at none other than Royersford Elementary itself. Everyone I met was wonderful (students and staff alike) and I performed three shows, answering tons of great questions!


I even enjoyed visiting a couple of classrooms between shows. I had a great time getting to know Mrs. Novia and Mrs. Long’s classes!

Thanks to Mrs. Kehl and Mrs. Pogwist for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Pogwist for all the help and to Mrs. Kehl for all the prep. Thanks to Mrs. Hefferman for helping with the tech support. Thanks again to Mrs. Long and Mrs. Novia for letting me invade your classes. And thanks to all the great kids at RES! You made for a memorable return to Pennsylvania!


Time with the Tigers!


I finished out the week at McLaughlin/Strickland Elementary in Carrollton, TX, home of the Tigers! I performed four shows today to round out their Children’s Book Week! I saw K-2nd in the cafeteria…

…3rd grade in the library…and then…after signing a ton of books…over to the intermediate campus for 4th and 5th grade! I was also pleasantly surprised to see Ms. Phaling again. She had me out to her former school (Rosemeade Elementary), seven years ago. Great chatting with you again!

Thanks to Mrs. Stout for having me out. Thanks to Ms. Phaling and again to Mrs. Stout for all the help setting up. And a big thanks to all the young Tigers. I hope you enjoyed my visit and I hope you enjoy my books!



Sheffield Elementary – Day Two


Today I visited the Intermediate campus of Sheffield Elementary where I was greeted with another welcome sign—a hat on a skateboard (a skateboard because of my Tony Hawk books and a hat because…that’s my thing).

I performed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades with more book signings after each show. All the older Wranglers were great and I was given an unexpected treat when I was approached by Jacarious (whom I had met when I performed at his former school in Shreveport) and Roman (whom I had met when I performed at his former school in Corpus Christi). I’m running into more and more transfer students these days who get a double-dose of me and my hats!


Great seeing you again, guys!

That night, I came back to the primary campus to give a writing workshop to students and parents alike. I even signed some more books!
Thanks again to Ms. Briggs for having me out and for the wonderful book recommendations. Thanks to all the parents who came back out to attend my workshop. Thanks to Alejandro for the thank you card (below). And a big thanks to all the Sheffield Wranglers! It was a blast hanging out with you for two days. If I stay any longer, I’m going to need my own parking spot!