Genesee Elementary

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.

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Return to Richfield Springs

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.

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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.

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Franklinstein Portraits at Craig Elementary

Spotted these amazing Benjamin Franklinstein portraits at a recent visit to Craig Elementary in Niskayuna, Ny. Great work!

Breakfast Cupcake Party at Cayuga Heights Elementary

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!

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Episcopal Lower School

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!

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Bean Thirteen in Korean

One of the best parts of being an author is when a foreign edition of one of my books arrives. I feel like it’s a glimpse into an alternate universe where things are almost – but not quite – the same. When the book is set in a supercool Korean typeface, the effect is magnified all the more.

(Plus, I just love the thought that children in Korea – who I will never meet – will be reading this book I wrote one long winter far away in upstate New York.)

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