Monday, September 27, 2010

Magnificent Meridian

I had a great two days at Southeast Elementary in Meridian, Mississippi. It was my first visit to the great state of Mississippi and I hope for many more! The students exceeded my expectations, their drawing abilities were outstanding and their ideas for stories had me in stitches. I loved that the teachers were drawing with the kids! Kim Massey, Principal Goddess, rolled out the red carpet and had the local television station and lots of visitors from the county. Thank you all for lunches, sightseeing and an overall good time!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time to Ketchup

"Return of the Library Dragon" is looking awesome and I have been hard at work finishing the illustrations. I met with Peachtree Publishers last week and it is fantastic to see the art laid out with Carmen Deedy's fiery story.

I have been very slack in blogging! This will end NOW!!!
I love visiting schools and libraries and need to let you know the fabulous places I have been. I will be catching up my Google map and letting you know where I am going and where I have visited. I receive wonderful and enthusiastic notes from teachers and students and will start posting some students drawings. KEEP'EM COMING!!!!! Last year I spent 4 weeks in Katy, Texas. Wow, what an experience. Thanks Ginger, enjoy your Library Goddess retirement! I finished the summer library visits with " Make a Splash" at Martinsburg, West Virginia. Thanks Jane for the rock star treatment! It was a great season and am looking forward to this one!

I am headed off to Southeast Elementary in Meridian, Mississippi and am excited to share new drawings and to see and hear the outstanding ideas from the students! Blog you soon!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Giant Step- Inauguration week

Monday was a wonderful day to sit and reflect that melded into Tuesday's big event. It was great to be at Rock Springs Elementary to see and hear the kids on this momentous day.I was there for 3 days this week and one day next week so I will tell you all about the exciting happenings in my next blog.

Friday, I ventured down to Macon ,to visit Alexander II Elementary School. The schools mascot- Albert Einstein. I had lots of funny ideas to complement Mr. Einstein. Wow, what a fun day. The teachers , kids, parents and even the principal got in the act.They loved the "Cowbert Einstein" who invented Cowculus.This was my first visit to this school and it was unforgettable!

One week in Houston, Texas and what a week it was!

I was invited by the Cy-Fair school district for another week in Houston. This was my 3rd visit and Linda Reynolds , the media specialist of Kirk Elementary,is the coordinator of all coordinators!!! She has taken such good care of me through each visit and we always have fun catching up!
The word got around ,because these kids ,were fired up and ready to create some stories!This is a wonderful district and all of the schools ,teachers,media specialists and students I have worked with have been excited and ready to be inspired by the programs. I cannot say enough good things about this group. I always leave there feeling inspired myself.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy New Year and back to work!

It was a wonderful vacation but I am getting ready for the new year. I have been working on the sequel to "The Library Dragon ". Carmen has written a great story and now it is my turn! I will keep you in the loop as publication dates get firmed up.
I visited three wonderful schools this past week and I am in Houston, Texas this week-

Odenville Intermediate School in Odenville, Alabama-
I was supposed to do this school in December but we had to reschedule due to icy weather. The day I was there we had huge wind gusts and rain, it was wild! As I was entering the school , the teachers were wondering if I brought the weather with me from Atlanta. We all turned around to look outside and there was a beautiful rainbow. Mrs. Champagne (How could you forget her name!!) and Mr. Banks,the media specialists, were really fun and the students were ready to draw! It truly was a magical day at a great school!

West Jackson Primary in Braselton, Georgia-
The students had watched the video from my website and were ready! They even had a greeting committee for me when I arrived! We did tons of drawings and had a few favorites, too. Mrs.Cariel Lancaster, the media specialist, was a great help and made sure everyone had fun.

Greenbrier Middle School in Evans, Georgia-
This is my third year working with the 6th graders and it is always fun.The students had lots of ideas and were adding lots of story lines to their drawings. Mrs. Hyde loves to sit and draw with her students and she always makes me feel toadally at home at Greenbrier. ( a little pun thrown in)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Timber Ridge Elementary

I can’t believe it is almost Christmas! I worked with a great school last week, Timber Ridge Elementary. It is nice to be at a school that is near home. Mrs. Parks, the media specialist, has created a great space to read and learn. I loved this library! Bevin Newton was a wonderful parent helper! I had lunch with students both days and had lots of laughs. The students and I did lots of drawings, 2 drawing pads worth, which got left with the school to use. My favorite drawing those two days, a chicken called “Onion Wings”. All the teachers were drawing with me and I did a “Deer Goddess” for the principal, Dr. Doe. You might have to go to the principal’s office to see her drawing!

Monday, December 1, 2008

My first Blog

Wow!Who would believe it! I hope everyone had a great holiday! I visited some wonderful schools last week!
Waynesboro Primary on Monday in Waynesboro, Georgia. What a great mascot, a Panda Bear.It was a great day working with all the 2nd graders and the teachers, too. Miss Barbara was a trooper and helped keep it all flowing and even laughed at all my puns.The principal, Mr. Mitchell, kept stopping by and laughing . He must have enjoyed it because he invited me to a wonderful lunch in the cafeteria.

Pinecrest Elementary on Tuesday in Greenwood, South Carolina. The theme for this year is " Under Construction". They mean it, everyone had hard hats and at the end of the day the principal was using a backhoe. The students created time capsules to be buried. Cool, huh? The school had met their reading goals and this was their big day! The media specialist, Mrs. Ellenberg, was great!