Over the years I’ve signed tens of thousands of copies of my books for other people. This week I got an amazing surprise in the mail. After my visit at French Road Elementary this spring, every student in the school got together and signed my books for me. They filled the endpapers, front and back, and the title pages. There were so many names it took three books! I’m absolutely speechless. What a fantastic gift.
I just finished up several weeks of terrific author visits in the Syracuse and Rochester area. My thanks to all the amazing librarians and students I met along the way!
On rare occasions I have been known to show up at the wrong school for an author visit. That’s why I was especially flattered and relieved to find this sign waiting for me when I arrived at Eagle Elementary last week. What a warm welcome to a wonderful day!
During my recent visit to the schools of Birdville, TX, one of the nicest surprises was all the different classroom doors decorated based on the books I’ve written. Each one was a masterpiece. Here’s a small sample:
And at West Birdville Elementary I was surprised with the most amazing box of cookies, each one hand-decorated and painted with characters from my books by Christy Knapp Alexander. They were literally too beautiful to eat. (Of course, I ate them. And they were delicious.)
At today’s author visit at Genesee Elementary the teachers teachers dressed up in costumes inspired by my books: Dr. Cosmic was there, the Fright Brothers, some pirates, some aliens, even some bugs. What a fun day.
A couple pictures from my last school visit of the year, back in June, at Boght Hills Elementary. What a nice way to end the year.
Hanging out with some terrific readers at Thiells Elementary…
At Scribner Road Elementary in Rochester I was greeted by this Aliens-themed mural, signed by every student in the school. What a cool welcome!
A really cool Even Aliens Need Snacks display at Frank Knight Elementary in Seneca Falls. Just one of a school full of great projects by some very talented artists/readers.
Had the pleasure to return to Richfield Springs on Friday for another visit (last one in 2009) and it was every bit as fantastic as I remembered. I arrived to find the presentation room filled end to end with hundreds fantastic book-related projects that the kids worked on during the weeks leading up to the visit.
Here are just a few samples, where the kids imagined new Benjamin Franklinstein-style titles: Henry Corn Meets George Carwashington and Jackie Robotson Attacks Duke Scarington. I would totally read both of those.
In case you’ve ever been curious about what goes on at an author visit, I think these photos from my recent visit to Allen Creek Elementary in Pittsford, NY should explain it pretty well.
I love this Even Aliens Need Snacks snack stand spotted at a recent author visit at Scott M. Ellis Elementary, made from a cleverly disguised easel. Even better, it comes with a book of amazingly disgusting alien recipes created by a bunch of the students. Genius!
Spotted these amazing Benjamin Franklinstein portraits at a recent visit to Craig Elementary in Niskayuna, Ny. Great work!
What’s better than arriving at a school for a visit and finding a breakfast cupcake party? Absolutely nothing, that’s what. Let me repeat: breakfast + cupcakes + party. It doesn’t get better than that.
How could the rest of the day measure up, you ask? Well, it did. It was a great day all around with a bunch of amazing readers. Thanks, Cayuga Heights!
Visiting the Episcopal Lower School in Little Rock, AK, I got to present in the room below. It’s a former mega-church purchased by the school some years ago and now used as their auditorium. (It was a little bigger than the libraries where I usually present.) Great fun!