Just a few pictures from the dozens and dozens and dozens of wonderfully illustrated and thoughtfully written cards I received from my recent school visits.

Reading and looking at the cards and letters crafted by the students is one of my favorite parts of this so-called ‘job’. Very cool indeed!

And I really loved this one- The Card That Says “Thank You”! (This must be The Book That Eats People’s nice cousin!)


Kids used all kinds of cool methods to make the cards including collage and paper art.










Here’s one of many great Big Bad Robots!!



Thanks again to Hilda Lahti Elementary and Warrenton Grade School for organizing such wonderful visits!



A great list from one of my favorite blogs. All about books. Facts like this one – Only 2% of the 1.2 million different books sold in the US in 2004 sold more than 5,000 copies. – YIKES!!!

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

30 fun facts about books, in honour of World Book Day 2015

SF writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is the only author to have published a book in all ten Dewey library categories.

When asked what book he’d like to have with him on a desert island, G. K. Chesterton replied, ‘Thomas’s Guide to Practical Shipbuilding.’

Hugh Lofting, author of Dr Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section.

Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase. The fake books included titles such as ‘The Life of a Cat’ in 9 volumes.

Playwright Joe Orton went to prison in 1962 for defacing library books. One of the cartoons he drew shows an elderly tattooed man in trunks.

Books BerlinThe first book bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.


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I just finished spending a few days at the Oregon coast visiting Hilda Lahti Elementary and Warrenton Grade school. I had a wonderful time and man-oh-man did the students and librarians and teachers prepare some wonderful art for my visit!

At Warrenton I met with students from preschool through 8th grade so I changed my presentation to fit each audience and got ready to answer very different types of questions!

I’ll post a few photos here (though I never manage to take all the photos I hope to!). I am also reading through lots of notes and letters and thank you cards and books that students made. I’ll be posting one of them soon as well. I think that’s my favorite part of the visits I do, seeing all the creative work students do.


I enjoyed beautiful weather during my visit to the coast. Looking north.


Many of the classroom doors at Hilda Lahti Elementary were book themed! This is actually The Door That Eats People!


There were a lot more than just 3 little aliens at Warrenton Grade School!


Just a few of the Bad Beans created by 5th graders (I think that’s right!) at Warrenton! Lots of great details!


Bad books and a very happy bean!


One of my more ominous welcome signs! But I know that The Book That Eats People inspires plenty of watchful eyes!


Even Gavin and Rhonda got in on the act!


Thanks again to all the students, parents, teachers, librarians and staff that made my visit so fun!




A few more pictures from my visit to Hogan Cedar’s primary school. Bork was especially impressed by the awesome Welcome Art the students made. Wait, Bork, Gork or Nklxwcyz Well, whichever one, it was great they took the time to travel all the way from Pluto to be with us.

As for the Bad Bean below – he didn’t cause any real trouble, and the boy in the photo promised never to eat a green bean again.



Some great pictures of my visit to Hogan Cedars Primary school in Gresham. I had an awesome time. So many great questions from kindergarten kids up to 5th graders.  We discussed books, writing, illustration, animation and even video games. All creative work that students can imagine themselves doing.

Here’s just a few pictures of the art they made for my visit. I met some of the artists who created these. Just great stuff!








And a present from Lisa who coordinated the visit! FruitStripe Gum! My daughter and I are in chewing gum heaven. Thanks for such a wonderful time!


Always something cookin’ at The Sub It Club!

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I’ve very excited to announce the winners of our Kidlit Week giveaways to celebrate 2 years of Sub It Club! But first, I have to thank each and every one of you who participated. I had so much fun reading through all of the kind comments. Some of you made me laugh out loud and I was smiling the whole time I was tallying entries–which was a long time–we had a lot of entries! I wish I had the time to reply to everyone. Please do know that I appreciate all of your comments and am so happy to have made so many friends via Sub It Club! Back when I got the idea for this club, I felt like I was pretty much alone with the struggles I found myself having while submitting my work and just wanted someone to talk to. Now I’m so thrilled to…

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A favorite book?


 Happy Blue Creature & S. Beckett

I am often asked about my favorite books and inspirations. I’m uncomfortable with that question in regards to kids lit as I don’t separate genres and styles well. I like what I like and it all plays a part in my work.

I understand from a business perspective why we have genres and demographics, but I have a difficult time relating to the world according to marketing categories as I think most of us do.

Starting in high school I fell in love with the writing of Franz Kafka. (I even illustrated a take on one of his short stories)  The ultimate young adult existential gateway books. And yes – that lead to Camus and Sartre and Borges. Many of the books introduced to me in an excellent high school literature class taught by Mr. Bernauer. (Thanks again for World Lit!)

And that experience propelled me to becoming a Comparative Literature major in college. And while I loved it, I had good reasons for moving on to 2 or 3 additional majors before I graduated with my BFA.

But all the books I love wash together. Some of Stephen King’s short story collections, Lord of the Rings, the picture poems of Kenneth Patchen, The Unamable (by Beckett), Jim the Boy, The Book of Illusions – the list goes on and on – and these run hand-n-hand with Bannock Beans and Black Tea, The Peanuts comic strip collections, The Little Prince, comics by Lewis Trondheim and picture books by Mo Willems. Low art, high art…it doesn’t matter. I enjoy them all and love when a book mixes in a bit of all those disparate human point of views. But to effectively sell a book, you best be one thing. But of course, the best books never are just one thing.

My literary enjoyments remind me of a Joseph Campbell quote: “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”.

He was addressing mythology, but I find this is an apt description of what drives my desires in reading too.



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