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Hudson Children’s Book Festival: May 3, 2014

Monday, April 21st, 2014 Posted in Current Events, School Visits | No Comments »


Like the song goes . . . "It's the most, happiest time of the year!" Truly a wonderful event, with just a staggering list of talented authors and illustrators, new faces and old faces and -- best of all -- young faces. Eager ...

A Very Busy, Happy Week: Albany, Demarest, Parsippany, and San Antonio

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 Posted in School Visits | No Comments »


I'm in the middle of a hectic stretch that has me running around. On Saturday, I was invited to visit Giffen Memorial Elementary in downtown Albany for their 2nd Annual "Author/Illustrator Day." It turned out to be a beautifully organized and ...

New Slide for School Visits

Monday, March 24th, 2014 Posted in Around the Web, School Visits, bullying | No Comments »


Came across this today and thought it would make a good slide for my Middle School presentations. It basically expresses where I come out on all the tips and strategies for so-called "Bully Proofing" a school. It's why these students ...

The Story Behind This Illustration: Art Inspiring Art

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 Posted in Scary Tales, School Visits, the writing process | No Comments »


When I first saw this illustration, I thought to myself, "Yes! That's exactly what I hoped for -- but better." Drawn by Iacopo Bruno, the image will appear in SCARY TALES: NIGHTMARELAND (June, 2014). For years, on school visits, I heard the ...

RE-POST: Imaging the Character of Griffin Connelly in BYSTANDER

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Greatest Hits, School Visits, the writing process | No Comments »


I just enjoyed a terrific visit to Virginia, three nights, visiting Matoaca Middle School and Davis Middle School. I stayed in Richmond, was treated like a conquering hero, and all I can do is express my heartfelt gratitude one more ...

WHERE’S JIMMY: “If This Is Saturday, It Must Be Austin.”

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 Posted in Current Events, School Visits | No Comments »


I won't be blogging for the next 7-10 days, but I'm confident the world will keep spinning. But don't think that I'll be relaxing, people. I'm actually going on a book tour, my first ever, and I'll be talking up ...

NO NEW IDEAS: Writing Within the Tradition

Monday, October 7th, 2013 Posted in Scary Tales, School Visits, the writing process | No Comments »


I was speaking to a large audience of students, at one point explaining my writing process for an upcoming SCARY TALES book, titled The One-Eyed Doll. The first image that came to me was the discovery of a door, or a hatch, ...

Five Days, 14 Presentations, More than 6,000 Students, and a Cowboy Steak

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 Posted in Bystander, School Visits, Uncategorized, bullying | 2 Comments »


On Friday the 20th, I traveled to Wolcott, Connecticut, where I spoke to 650 students, grades 6-8, at Tyrrell Middle School. They had all read Bystander as part of their summer reading program and, I'm sure, as part of their ...

School Visits: Small Treasures

Monday, May 13th, 2013 Posted in School Visits | No Comments »


I am preparing to hit the road tonight, three nights away from my home and family, and I'll be honest: a big part of me hates being away. The leaving is the worst part. No, there are no tearful farewells. My ...

KINDNESS: My Trip to the 2013 Youth Writing Festival at Calvin College

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 Posted in In the Classroom, School Visits, Uncategorized, bullying | No Comments »


I just returned from a wonderful, two-night trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I was invited (by Gary Schmidt!) to participate in the 2013 Youth Writing Festival at Calvin College. At one point it looked exactly like this: As my Nation of ...