Archive for the ‘School Visits’ Category

World Read Aloud Day 2014: Share the Love!

Last year I participated for the first time in Kate Messner‘s author sign-up for World Read-Aloud Day. I had so much fun, I couldn’t wait for it to come back around – and here it is! Happy World Read-Aloud Day, … Continue reading

Celebrating World Read-Aloud Day (with Free Skype Visits)

One of my favorite parts of being a mom is reading aloud to my kids. Even on the worst days, a good bedtime story (or lunchtime story, whatever) makes everything sparkly and wonderful. And you know what one of my … Continue reading

November: School Visits, Keynote Coolness, Peruvian Stuff, & Goats

I’m sorry, dear blog readers. I have neglected you for an entire month! I had a lot going on this month, including company from overseas and cookie recipes to perfect for the Exquisite Long-Awaited Season of Baking that’s just ahead. … Continue reading

Author Visit Time: Happiness is Hico, Texas

So far in my writing career, I’ve discovered a lot of things about myself, my work, and my audience of middle grade readers. But this week, I discovered something about my home state. It all started when I was invited … Continue reading

Splendid Events in May!

Hiya! I’m back, just to show a couple of pictures from recent events, and share a couple of things I read that I thought were amazing. First, I’ve been having fun – writing, yes, but also doing some short talks, … Continue reading

Splendid Japan: The Truly Splendid Yokota West Elementary

As promised, I’ve saved some of the very best from my author visits in Japan for last. When I arrived at Yokota West Elementary School, I knew something was up. The kids who saw me in the parking lot started … Continue reading

Splendid Japan: The Amazing Yokota Middle School

There are moments on a writer’s journey when you wonder why anyone would want this crazy, rejection-filled life. If you’re in that spot, I’ve been there. I just want you to know, if you keep at it, and work hard, … Continue reading

Cherry Blossom Days: Pre-Author Visit Pics from Japan

I just spent a week in Wonderland! Well, Japan, actually ā€“ but I happened to arrive at the height of cherry blossom (sakura) season, and Iā€™m pretty sure Wonderland has nothing on trees that snow pink blossoms, leaving a carpet … Continue reading

The Sinister Sweetness Discussion Guide is Here!

Finally! Thanks to Dr. Nancy Roser of UT Austin and my tech-support guru/husband Dave Wilson, I have a Discussion Guide for you! FOR FREE! I know, I know. Deep breaths, deep breaths. Try not to faint from the joy. šŸ™‚ … Continue reading

An Interview, a Conference, and a Trip To Japan!

Dear friends, this week is all about upcoming excitement! Most of you (since most of my readers are, I assume, my mom and sisters. Hi, Mom!) know I’m going to Japan in a week to do author visits. (Where I … Continue reading