May 9

This afternoon I enjoyed my last author visit of the school year (back in my own state) at Askew Elementary in Houston, TX. Home of the Askew All Stars! I don’t know if the kids were more excited about me being there or the fact that they didn’t have any more testing that day. Either way, everyone seemed to have a great time—including me!
I performed two shows for two super-sized crowds in front of the big screen. For me, it was a perfect way to round out the school year!
They also seemed to enjoy my alien impression!
Thanks to Mrs. Polk for inviting me and to the Askew PTO for having me out. Thanks to Mr. Wooten for all the tech support and great introductions. And the biggest thanks of all goes to the Askew All Stars! I hope you have an exciting, restful, ambitious, and adventurous summer. And guess what? You can do all of those things by reading a book or twelve! Happy Summer!

May 3

Today I got to visit another two schools in one when I spent the morning with the Riverside Public Schools—both the Spalding and Cedar Rapids campuses! Not only did I enjoy two shows with a bunch of great kids from both schools, I even got a private tour of the older school building in Spalding. I was especially impressed by the gymnasium in the basement. How cool is that?
After a tasty Riverside lunch (plus a quick wardrobe change), the last stop of my brief Nebraska tour was at Central Valley Elementary in Scotia, NE—home of the Cougars! Even though the two groups were larger and I was in the gym this time (this one wasn’t in the basement), I decided to go unplugged, as it were. Hey, if I blow my voice out now, I have the entire drive back to Texas to recover!
Thanks to Mrs. Nordhues and Mrs. Shafer for inviting me. Thanks to Mr. Adams for the tech support. Thanks to all the teachers who were kind enough to take pictures. And the biggest thanks of all to the great kids at Riverside and Central Valley. All combined, you were the great way to end my first trip to Nebraska!
No, I’m not about to sneeze; I’m rockin’ out!

May 2

For my first visit to Nebraska I spent time with two schools in one! I visited Shell Creek Elementary in Columbus, NE where kids from Platte Center Elementary (from Platte Center, NE) were bussed in to see my show.
Another first for me was performing my show and then my writing workshop back-to-back for all the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Don’t worry; there was a short break in between (I think more for me than the kids). Everyone had insightful questions and first-rate writing prompts!
After lunch, I presented to the Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders! Another energetic audience, more sharp questions, and good times all around. I hope everyone enjoys my autographed bookmarks, and remember what I said, if you have any more questions just shoot me an email!
Thanks to Mrs. Sempek for inviting me (again, so sorry you couldn’t be here for the day). Thanks to Mr. Schrunk and Mrs. Honold for all the help, kid wrangling, and the sweet gift bag! Thanks to Mr. Briggs for the tech support. And the biggest thanks of all to the fantastic students of both Shell Creek and Platte Center Elementary schools! I hope everyone enjoyed my shows, workshop, and my autographed bookmarks. I was thrilled you could be my very first students in all of Nebraska!