Ruby the Red Worm's Dirty Job Make-A-School Project. Pictured here are the student illustrators standing in the shape of a worm and the message, "We love worms.".
Elementary students looking the map of Scott's adventures
Elementary students looking at the map of Scott's adventures.

Story Time

Scott introducing the book project and theme
Scott introducing the book project and theme

As a bonus, the school book project begins with the story about my quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle, with an emphasis on how to turn dreams into reality. It features about one hundred photos in the slideshow and is similar to my popular short film. (Below students admire the map of my journey.) In the following visits, when we’re ready to begin illustrating the book, I work with the students as the artist-in-residence. I start by summarizing that we are creating a real book that will be in libraries for everyone to read; in this case, a book about composting and living a life of passion. Then I read the story to the students and ask for volunteers to illustrate sentences or concepts. I literally give the first student to raise their hand a page from the book. By the end of the week, I have over 1000 drawings to choose from!

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More stories about the making of this book

How I make the aerial view photos look real, including using satellite views and chalking the drawing out square by square.
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 new book, Ruby the Red Worm, is finally here! Perhaps no one is more surprised how beautiful it is then me, especially the cover!
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