Jan 25


Today I was back in Texas, first to stop by Miller Hats (those who’ve seen my show know why), and then I spent an exciting day at Reed Elementary—home of the Roadrunners! I performed three shows in Reed’s huge library, surrounded by Mrs. McGary’s Elvis and Star Wars paraphernalia—my kind of place!

I met a bunch of young writers, a young photographer, and heard all about the school’s “Name That Book” team. Good luck, everyone!

Thanks to Mrs. McGarry for inviting me and for the fun conversations (get to Graceland; TCB!). Thanks to Miss Bolton for taking pictures and the Twitter shout out. And a big thanks to all the Reed Roadrunners. I hope you enjoy all the library books I signed and remember those four words!


Jan 18


I spent a fun morning and evening at O’Brien Elementary in Casa Grande, AZ! I was welcomed by custom classroom door decorations from many of the grades. Here is just a sample.


Turns out, every grade was given one of my books to study before my arrival. That means they had tons of great questions for…

…the two writing workshops for 3rd-5th grades!

That night, I gave a presentation for O’Brien’s reading night. I got to know some of the students and many of their parents. There was even a drawing for some of my signed books.

Thanks to Mrs. Mims and Mrs. Raymond for having me out. Thanks to all of last year’s 3rd graders in the Final Four Reading Challenge who won the funds to bring me out. Thanks to Mr. Lin for all the tech support. And a big thanks to all the great students at O’Brien Elementary. I’m honored to have been part of your special evening!




Jan 16


Today I visited my very first school in Arizona! I drove through some beautiful scenery to spend the morning at Rice Elmentary on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. I met a bunch of great kids and even a few young writers. I can’t wait to read some of your work!

I hope everyone enjoyed my presentations and remember those four words I taught you: I Can Do That!

Thanks to Mr. Schafer (school counsellor and George Carlin look-alike) for having me out. Thanks to Officer Duncan for reminding everyone how important school can be. And a big thanks to all the great students at Rice Elementary. Don’t forget what Officer Duncan told you and those four powerful words!