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.
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 create 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

Illustration ideas by subject

Thinking outside the words

I continue to learn how to work with the various ways kids learn and create. Some students prefer to illustrate an actual sentence from the book, which requires a more literal interpretation; while other students prefer a more conceptual approach.

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.

Book signing celebration

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.