The Make-A-Book Project and author-in-residence program school photographs. Pictured here are all four of the aerial-view school photos. Kids standing in the shape of a bicycle, worm, butterfly and cupcake.
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.

Friends and family waiting for their books to be signed 01
Friends and family waiting for their books to be signed. This is only one corner of the school gym packed with people.
Friends and family waiting for their books to be signed 02
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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Sorting the illustrations

Choosing drawings for the new book

After working with the elementary students for 6 days, I got approximately 1000 drawings to choose from. So, being more of the right-brained-artistic type, it is a major organizational challenge.

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.

In the studio with Larry Meiller of Wisconsin Public Radio.

Wisconsin Public Radio Interviews #1 & 2

I had another great interview on WPR’s Larry Meiller program. We talked a little about my trip around the world on a bicycle, and a lot about working on the new school book project.

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