Category Archives: Appearances

Great School Visit in Springfield, IL!

Hey gang! Author visit season is in full swing and I’ve had the joy of spending my unseasonably warm spring with tons of awesome kids at elementary schools around the country. Here’s a great article about my visit this week to Ball Charter School in Springfield, IL.



Great visit at Barbara Rose School!

Much of my school year is spent with kids doing author visits at Elementary Schools. We read books, make salsa, create graphic novels, and generally get inspired by books and reading. And last Tuesday, April 5th was no exception. I had a blast with the kids and teachers of Barbara Rose Elementary School in South Barrington, IL.

Ryan Henry's awesome drawing of Leonard from "Superhero School"

I was greeted as soon as I walked in the door by some familiar faces…my own characters! The kids had done a FABULOUS job of creating their own versions of my book characters, and the walls were lined from floor to ceiling with their masterpieces.

Cool and funky rendition of Joey Fly, drawn by Jacob Devadas

The younger kids had a blast as we read CHICKS AND SALSA, learned to make homemade salsa, and talked about where authors get their inspiration.

1st grader Andrew prepares to make salsa with Aaron

In the afternoon, the 4th and 5th graders put their inspiration to work as they created their very own graphic novels, inspired by JOEY FLY, PRIVATE EYE.

4th and 5th graders learn how a graphic novel gets created and published

Aaron had an AWESOME time with the kids and teachers of Barbara Rose Elementary School!

Aaron LOVES the smell of cilantro! Kindergartner not so sure.

Bug on the move

Welcome to Joey Fly #2 Blog Tour Central!

Our Joey Fly #2 Blog Tour will be going on all through December, so be sure to stop by all our blog visits and chime in! There will be video interviews! Reviews of the book! And LOADS of free Joey Fly downloadables and prizes and swag and give-aways and…I’ve run out of words that mean “free Joey Fly stuff”. I guess you’ll have to come by and see for yourself.

Here are the upcoming blog stops for the next couple weeks. So get off your stinger and come by!


Monday, Dec 6 – Book Nut

Tuesday, Dec 7 – Thing 1 & Thing 2

Friday, Dec 10 – The Kats Whiskers

Sunday, Dec 12 – Kidsmomo

Monday, Dec 13 – The Brain Lair

Tuesday, Dec 14 – Kids Book Buzz

Thursday, Dec 16 – Elana Johnson’s Blog

The blog tour continues

Hey peeps!

Just updating you on the blog tour that me and Joey Fly illustrator Neil Numberman have been doing. We’ve made a bunch of great stops, but many more are planned for the coming few weeks. Please stop by, leave a comment, say hey, ask a question, and be part of the conversation. Kids and teachers especially welcome!

Here’s the schedule for the rest of this week. More updates to follow.

Today (Dec 1) – Christine Fonseca’s Blog

Dec 2 – The Bookanistas

Dec 3 – A Writer’s Journey (prizes and give-aways will be given!)

Show up, would ya?

Blog Tour Begins!

Only 19 days until the second installment of the Joey Fly, Private Eye series is released! The new book, Joey Fly, Private Eye 2: Big Hairy Drama, comes out on November 23 and has already received some fun attention, including being picked as a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2011.

To celebrate the release, the illustrator (Neil Numberman) and I will be traveling around the blogosphere on a Blog Tour throughout the months of November and December. There will be interviews, video appearances, fun give-aways, and contests with cool prizes, so subscribe to this blog now and get regular updates on the tour stops and locations. You won’t want to miss all the creepy crawly buggy fun!

First stop: Today at Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids (while Raising Them). Should be a blast, so come on by! And be sure to drop your comments on her blog…every commenter has a chance to win a custom bug-caricature of themselves drawn and signed by Neil Numberman. Here’s one he did of me:

Are my antennae really that big?

Don’t miss out on the buggy mayhem!

For those of you who like to plan, here’s a complete run-down of the blog tour schedule. More will be added in coming days. And I’ll be posting regular updates here from the (virtual) road, as well as reminder announcements for each stop, so be sure to hit subscribe now to have these show up automatically in your mailbox.


Joey Fly #2 Blog Tour Schedule

Nov 4 – Tara Lazar, Writing for Kids (while Raising Them)

Nov 20 – Kathryn Packer Roberts, Literary Works in the Works

Dec 1 & 2 – Christine Fonseca, The Bookanistas

Dec 3 – Beth Coulton, A Writer’s Journey

Dec 6 – Melissa Fox, Book Nut

Dec 7 – Corey Schwartz, Thing 1 & Thing 2

Dec 12 – Karen Wang and Nancy Tsai, Kidsmomo

Dec 13 – Kathy Burnette, The Brain Lair

Dec 14 – Patrick Hoecherl, Kids Book Buzz

Dec 16 – Elana Johnson

Dec 20 – Cheryl Tasses, Reading Rumpus


See you there!



Exciting visit to Western Trails Elementary School…

As a children’s author, I get to visit a lot of schools and spend time with the kids that read my books. Earlier this October, I did just that…and got to be part of a wonderful reading event at Western Trails Elementary in Carol Stream, IL. It was the first time the school had invited an author to visit, so their energy and excitement was through the roof! It was a fantastic event, designed for kids and families, to create momentum, energy, and passion for one of the greatest of all activities…READING!

Here’s an article the Daily Herald wrote about it:

Here’s a video the Daily Herald created about it:

Thanks, Western Trails School! You rock!

New School Presentations!

This summer, in between writing way too little and cooking out way too much, I created some brand new author visit presentations to offer schools. With the launch of the new school year, I’ve performed them at several schools already, and the results have been way fun, entertaining for both me and kids, and even educational!

As always, all of my presentations are far from your standard lecture/Powerpoint fare. I work hard to create author visits that are hilarious, hands-on, and completely interactive. So, here’s a run-down on my newest presentations. And if you’re a teacher or librarian, get in touch for some first-hand fun!


Superhero School Smackdown!

Aaron’s newest picture book is the jumping-off point for a dynamic interactive hour of reading, superheroes, and (believe it or not)…math! Kids will see that even superheroes need to know how to overcome numbers as they divide and conquer their math fears…superhero style! Ideal for all elementary ages.




The Joey Fly Creepy Crawly Mystery!

2010 is the “Year of the Children’s Mystery Book” and this year, “Joey Fly, Private Eye” was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Award! In this fast-paced, hands-on presentation, students will sleuth alongside Aaron to solve a creepy crawly mystery before the hour is up. Along the way, they’ll discover all the elements that make great mystery books go bump in the night. Perfect for grades 4th-8th.


I’ll get some photos loaded of the presentation in action very soon. But let’s just say, costumes will be involved.