Nov 20

Today was a fun Friday at Bransford Elementary in Colleyville, TX! I was greeted with a cool sign, some energetic students, and the meeting of the junior principal and assistant principals for the day—Travis and Adam. They won the chance to spend the day with their adult counterparts (Mrs. Halliburton & Mrs. McEnery) and it looked as if one of their duties was to hobnob with visiting authors!
Before my final show, and after signing a bunch of books from the book fair, I was fortunate to have lunch with the KC club (which I found out stands for Kindness & Caring). They hadn’t seen the show yet so I had to answer many of the questions with “wait for the show,” but they came up with plenty of great writing questions anyway! Great meeting you: Brayden, Carly, Cort, Heather, Jackson, Lake, Lorna, Maddy, Natalie, Neha, and Travis.
Thanks to Mrs. Boyd for inviting me and the enjoyable scuba diving talk. Thanks to the KC kids for the fun lunch company. And thanks to all the BES students for being such a great audience. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

Nov 18

Today was a first for me at Timberline Elementary in Grapevine, TX! Everything started great with my appearance on the school’s morning video announcements and then I began my three performances. However, during the end of my talk with the 4th and 5th graders, an uninvited guest appeared! The students scattered as a dreaded red wasp buzzed into the gym, hovering at eye-level! Since the kids were distracted anyway (and I was the only one wearing a hat), I ran over, scooped up the wasp in my hat, and ushered it safely outside as a brave teacher held the door. Like I told the kids, just one of the many reasons to wear a hat!
Thanks to Ms. Harms for inviting me, taking pictures, and the tasty snacks. And thanks to the brave teacher (sorry, I didn’t get your name) for helping with the wasp situation. And a big thanks to all the great kids at Timberline Elementary! Remember the four words and you’ll continue to be great leaders for all!
Remember, no wasps were harmed in the making of this author visit.

Nov 13

Today was a fun day in Brenham, TX (home of Blue Bell Ice Cream, don’t you know) where I spent the day with the wonderful students of Brenham Middle School! Their first author visit ever (way cool), I gave three performances and was happy to sign more than 90 copies of my book, Night of the Dragons. I might need a pint of cold ice cream to place on my sore hand. Actually, Blue Bell is best taken internally.
For lunch, I had the pleasure of dining with a few of the BMS students, most of which won a drawing after buying my book. It was fun getting to know them and they got to know me better with the chance to ask more questions! Great to meet you: Adamari, Adrienne, Arianah, Cameron, Haley, Hannah, Kade, Kaitlyn, Kayleigh, Riley, Rudy, and Tanna.
Thanks to Mrs. Ilif for inviting me and taking pictures. Thanks to Mrs. Perez for the delicious tamales (extremely thoughtful). Thanks to Mrs. Still, Mrs. Gold, and Mr. Kuhn for the technical assist. Thanks to all the students and teachers who purchased copies of my book (I hope you enjoy them!). And a big thanks to all the BMS students. I hope my talk inspires you to read a book, write your own story, or just simply head out on your own adventure!