Books

I like to think I’m an author, and now I write about writing, too.

An animation of 4 aerial photographs of school kids standing in interesting shapes: bicycle, worm, cupcake and butterfly.
How I make stuff

How the School Photo is made

The Cupcake Boy School Photo I think this is a beautiful picture even though it didn’t turn out as I imagined because I didn’t correct enough for perspective, which makes the muffin top look too small. The photo was taken on St. Patrick’s Day when all the kids were wearing green. I asked everyone with

The new book on the floor of the printer's shop waiting to be bound. Each stack is a set of pages.
How I make stuff

How the book is made

The following is a step by step summary of how the book is made. It’s a 3-month project. Below is a rough outline because this is an ever-changing and improving process, and every school does things a little differently. In summary: Planning. Steps 0-3. Creating. Steps 4-13. Celebrating. Step 15. Don’t miss step 15! Make

Marcia Clark (aka the Lead Prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson Trial) with her new book "Blood Defense".
Scott's Adventures

Welcome Book Expo Friends

Welcome to all our new friends from the Book Expo America. My partner, Dr Sara Williams, and I had a great time participating as both educators and authors. Pictured above is myself with Marcia Clark, infamous for being the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trials. I actually watched these trials live long ago while

The Wheels of Chance; A Bicycling Idyll By H.G. Wells 1896. With a portrait of the author.
Bicycle Quotes

The Wheels of Chance by H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells wasn’t just a visionary when it came to time machines or men walking on the moon, he also wrote the very first book about bicycle touring, which also helped give rise to the female emancipation movement.

Kenyan school children jump for joy when they got their Falling Uphill books.
Books

Falling Uphill in Kenya

Inspiring dreams Finally, it took two months for my package of books to arrive in Kenya. I marked the package “educational material for children,” and luckily no one stole it as often happens. I love how the photo captures them jumping in the air, just like they are falling uphill. I hope the books encourage

The "How's it going" Dream Workshop station with facilitators and children.
Books

The Dream Club

We tested the Dream Playbook in over a dozen schools. We called it our “Dream Workshop” but it was so much fun that the students called it “The Dream Club.”

Are you a flutterby or a butterfly? Don't let life pass you by.
Backyard Adventures

Are you a flutterby?

Do you stop to smell the flowers and sip the nectar of life? Or do you just flutter past everything and let your wings get caught in the winds of life?

Vamos Chicas Paraguay Peace Corp-12
Books

Vamos Chicas Vamos

The Spanish edition of my “Falling Uphill” kids book “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” is being used by the Peace Corp in Paraguay to teach kids how to read and dream.

The Giving Tree redux. A new ending with new pictures. The man sits on the stump with the caption, "And the tree was happy." But was it really?
Books

The Giving Tree Sequel

I’ve always been disturbed that the tree sacrifices itself to a greedy old man—so I rewrote the ending and drew new pictures matching the font and style.

El Che Guevara and the hammer and sickle tastefully painted on the back of a road sign in Argentina
Backyard Adventures

Where are you from?

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Planet Earth, Sol System, Milky Way Galaxy, the Known Universe, and have called various places home.

how to fall uphill infographic
Books

How to fall uphill

Here is a fun new graphic that I created. It has been simmering in my brain for years. I think it really captures the essence of how doubt and fear are essential to any adventure. The trick is harnessing that emotional fuel and turning disadvantages into advantages.

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Guest Adventures

Falling Uphill in Paraguay with the Peace Corps

Scott Stoll is an author from my hometown who served as the U.S. Embassy’s cultural ambassador in Argentina during the 2011-2012 school year. His time in Argentina and collaboration with Argentine schools resulted in a Spanish language version of his book, Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life, about his 4 year journey around the world on his bicycle.

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