Book signing celebration
Scott signs books at the Ruby the Red Worm ice cream social and book signing. This event drew over 1000 people. Thanks to the Waukesha STEM Academy for going beyond the call of duty to organize this event. They also included free ice cream for all the kids.

School book signing

The ice cream social and book signing celebration for “Ruby the Red Worm” drew over a 1000 people. It was one of the most overwhelming, amazing and fulfilling moments of my life to see the dreams of so many students coming to life. The students were so proud to sign their illustrations in everyone’s book, and the parent’s and teachers were almost just as proud.

Thanks to the Waukesha STEM Academy for going way beyond the call of duty to organize this event, which is no easy job. They also included free ice cream for all the kids.

An idea for future fundraisers would be to include cupcakes for sale for books like the upcoming “Cupcake Boy”. And, we can also build bridges with the community by inviting the media to do a story about the school and the book’s message, as we did with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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Friends and family waiting for their books to be signed. This is only one corner of the school gym packed with people.
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Friends and family waiting for their books to be signed. Another corner of the room. This went on for over an hour.

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More stories about the making of this book

A colorful sign with bugs and a voting box and ballots.

Name that bug contest

One fun idea to get the students more involved in the production of the book was to have them name the characters in the story. So I, along with my self-appointed fan club, made this ballot box.

Teachers dressed as their favorite storybook character

Storybook Parade

During my visit, which was Reading Week, one of the teachers organized a Storybook Parade, where all the teachers dressed as their favorite storybook character and paraded through the hallways.

Scott Stoll hands out pages with excerpts from his book, “Ruby the Red Worm’s Dirty Job,” to students at the Waukesha STEM Academy’s Randall Campus this week. Students are drawing illustrations for the book. Photo by Wentz-Graff, Milwaukee Journal

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article

World traveler came home to fulfillment. This is a great story about my trip around the world, coming home, and how this all evolved into working with local schools to illustrate children’s books.

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