Jan 30

Beginning my second week at Rockwall ISD, I returned to yet another school—Hartman Elementary—home of the Eagles!

I missed seeing Mrs. Hughes again (by just a month), but Mrs. Miller did a great job, including welcoming me with this cool sign and caricature.

The Hartman Eagles were loaded with Special Effects questions—the most in Rockwall so far!

Thanks to Mrs. Reidling and the Hartman PTA for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Miller for doing such a great job on her first year as a librarian and first author visit ever. And a big thanks to all the Hartman Eagles themselves. I hope you enjoyed my visit!

UPDATE: After I returned home to the ranch, it wasn’t long before I received a package stuffed full of wonderful thank-you letters and drawings from a large flock of Hartman Eagles! Thanks for writing: Abby, Abigail, Addison, Addy, Aiden, Aisha, Alexander, Anabella, Annaliese, Bella, Blake, Brooke, Claire, Connor, Ella, Elliot, Emma, Emmake, Eve, Everest, Evie, Ezra, Finley, Harper, Henly, Hollie, Isabella, Izaias, Jace, James, Kassie, Lincoln, London, Madelyn, Makenna, Malcolm, Mallory, Mariam, Melanie, Michelle, Monte, Phoebe, Riley, Savai, Sebastian, Sophia, Stella, Tommy, and Weslynn!

And some art by Anabella, Ella, and James, just to name a few!

Jan 27

I ended my first week at Rockwall ISD at Nebbie Williams Elementary, home of the Yellow Jackets! I was met first thing in the morning by the official Yellow Jacket herself (AKA Natalie), along with library helpers: Asher, Avery, and Lacy.

I got another surprise when I found out the library still had one of my signed books from my last visit, along with a photo of former librarian, Mrs. Dyer!

I performed three action-packed shows, signing tons of books after each one, and even got to sign Mrs. Mann’s author apron. She has quite a collection!

As I discussed movie scripts, it was great fun to discover how many future screenwriters were in attendance!

Thanks to Mrs. Milam (who did a wonderful job—congratulations on your first author visit) and the Williams PTA for having me out! And a big thanks to all the Nebbie Yellowjackets for being such a great audience all around. I hope you enjoy your books, especially the new ones I signed for your library!

Jan 26

Today was a busy day with four back-to-back shows for Rockwell ISD’s Jones Elementary!

The Jones Jaguars were all terrific audience members with tons of great questions!

Even though we were jammed into the library for some of those shows, everyone seemed to have a good time—especially me!

Jam-packed day, jammed into the library, and jammin’ on the guitar!

Thanks to Mrs. Collins and the Jones PTA for having me out. Thanks to Belle for the sweet fan letter. And a big thanks to all the Jones Jaguars themselves! You really know how to make a visiting author feel like a rockstar!

Jan 25

Today I returned to Reinhardt Elementary in Rockwall, TX! They built a new school since I was here last, with a big, bright library!

I performed three shows and was lucky enough to have lunch with the 5th grade book club. I had a fun chat over pizza with: Ayden, Bailey, Bryce, Emily, Finley, Jillian, Karleigh, Kiley, Lucy May, Max, Ollie, Oludara, Shelby, and Zoe!

The Reinhardt Rockets made for great audience members all around! My ears are still ringing from 3rd and 4th grades’ animal noises!

Thanks to Mrs. Figert for inviting me out—it was great seeing you again!—and for recommending me for the entire Rockwall ISD tour! And thanks to all the Rockets for being wonderful listeners and even better readers!

Jan 24

My second day in Rockwall found me at Garcia Elementary–home of the Gators!

I enjoyed four fun shows, spending the day in the library–one of my favorite places in any school!

Everyone had wonderful questions, and I was thrilled with how many future screenwriters were in the 4th and 5th grade crowd.

Thanks to Mrs. Applegate and the Garcia PTO for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Williams for all the help. Thanks to Wyatt for the lovely Barney drawing. Thanks to Mr. Garrett for being such a huge Wishbone fan. And thanks to all the great Gators themselves. I hope you enjoy your books and bookmarks!

And one last shout-out to Paige, Mrs. Applegate’s mini-me I met the day before. Great meeting you!

Jan 23

My two week tour of Rockwall ISD began with a bang at Hays Elementary! I met tons of young writers, signed a bunch of books, and sang a tune or three with the wonderful Hays Huskies!

Stopped long enough for a photo op with the 6th Grade Book Club!

And finished off the day in the band room with Pre-K, Kinder, and 1st!

Thanks to Mrs. Sisto, Mrs. Francisco, and the Hays PTO for having me out. Thanks to the 4th Graders for letting me tour your cool Alamo projects in the library. And a big thanks to all the Hays Huskies for being such a great audience. You were the perfect audience for my first day in Rockwall! I hope you enjoy your books AND autographed bookmarks!

And a final shout-out to Terry Wells who gave my travel guitar its sweet new flame job! This was its first trip off the ranch since the make-over!

Apr 8

I spent my second day in Tennessee at Donelson Elementary, home of the Bulldogs! I got to perform all four of my presentations in their huge library. It’s also worth noting that this is the first library I’ve visited that included an actual book vending machine. What?!

Thanks to Mrs. Atkins and the Donelson PTA for the tasty lunch that I got to enjoy with Caelyn, Cara, Emma, Liyana, Maya, Parker, and Rishita.

After lunch Mrs. Parker showed me the creatively-decorated 4th grade classrooms, one of which sported a cool surf shop! Can you tell which one was my favorite?

Thanks to Mrs. Parker and the Donelson PTA for having me out (and for another generous gift bag). Thanks to Mrs. Hoselton for all the help (I hope you enjoy the book, Hudson!) But the biggest thanks of all goes to all the Donelson Bulldogs! Keep reading and remember those four words!

Apr 7

Today I finally visited two schools in Arlington, Tennessee, that were almost three years in the making. After a couple of postponements (one of which being because of a little thing called the Pandemic), I began with Arlington Elementary! Not only did they furnish me with my own personal parking spot, but they also welcomed me with this cool backdrop for my presentations.

Excellent work by Mrs. Perdue, based on my Night at the Museum: Night of the Dragons book. Note the top dragon based on movie film while the bottom one is made from book pages. Very creative!

I performed four shows and signed tons of books between each one. Even though there were a couple of technical issues, Mr. Overby was there to save the day!

Thanks to Mrs. Gerhardt for keeping in touch with me through the years and finally having me out (along with the Arlington Elementary PTA) and for the generous gift bag! Thanks to Kellen and Collin for the 5th grade introductions—good job guys. Thanks to the coaches for the use of the gym (let me know who finally won the burping contest). And the biggest thanks to all the Arlington Elementary Tigers! I hope you enjoy reading all the books I signed for you. And remember, I’m always making more!

Here I am sporting my Arlington T-shirt back on the ranch!

Apr 1

I had another repeat visit in Plano, TX today. This time at Barksdale Elementary—home of the Broncos! I got to meet Mrs. Edwards again and perform in her wonderful library. But this time, I wasn’t alone! Since I enjoy writing for many different super heroes, I had a few of them to keep me company througout the day!

Thanks to Mrs. Shamburger and the Barksdale PTA for having me out. Thanks again to Mrs. Edwards for the use of the library. Thanks to Batman and both Wonderwomen for being great bodyguards as I signed books. And a big thanks to all the great Barksdale Broncos! I hope you enjoy my books!

Mar 21

Today I returned to Brinker Elementary in Plano, TX! I lived in Plano for several years while writing for the PBS TV show Wishbone and it’s always fun to come back and visit. And today I got to visit a whole new batch of Brinker Bears—Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade, to be precise.

The Bears had loads of great questions and did a wonderful job with all the animal sounds—even better than the last time I was there!

Thanks to Mrs. Tewolde, Mrs. Tamez, and the Brinker PTA for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Pearson for the use of the library and the fun lunch conversation. But the biggest thanks of all goes to the Brinker Bears themselves. Remember what I said, if you think of any more questions, have your parents email me and ask away!

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