School Visits

Cowboy Car’s First School Visit, Plus a GoodReads Giveaway!

March 23, 2017

Revving up for the April 11th release of my new book, COWBOY CAR! Got to take Little Car for a  “test drive” a few weeks ago when visited Ridgeway Elementary in Columbia, MO. The students were excited that they were the first kids to see (and hear) a book that hadn’t even come out yet. […]

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Author’s Note: March 2016

March 30, 2016

If March comes in like a lion, it’s supposed to go out like a lamb. But I live in St. Louis, Missouri, where March can be lions and more lions, with maybe a lamb or two in between, if we’re lucky. Turns out this old saying is pretty much fiction when it comes to predicting […]

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No kittens, puppies, or stupid people stunts. I promise!

January 16, 2015

I don’t do YouTube. This squirrel just doesn’t need another shiny object to distract her from writing. But once in a blue moon someone I know recommends something on YouTube, and today is a blue moon day. The video is from William Cappel Elementary in Troy, Missouri. Click here to view. In it, teachers and […]

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A Blast from the Past — Stories from My Second-Grade Self

July 26, 2013

I was visiting a school last spring when I mentioned to a couple of teachers that I still had some of the stories I’d written when I was a kid. “You should use them in your presentations,” one teacher said. The other teacher agreed. “Kids would love to see what you wrote when you were […]

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Travels of an Author

March 22, 2013

Last week, I was in Paris making snow angels at the Eiffel Tower. Next week, I’ll be in Kansas City, talking with students in the Lee’s Summit school district. But no matter whether I’m traveling near or far, chances are I won’t ever journey as many miles as my books do in the publication process. […]

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