Fratt Elementary Author Visit

I loved meeting with students from Fratt Elementary. I presented Snickeyfritz to the K4-2nd graders, Squircle for the 3rd-5th graders, had lunch with some pretty interesting students, and finished the day with a poetry workshop featuring CommuniTree for parents and students at the family literacy night event. We even got a chance to create some beautiful Shimmerling charms. Thanks to Emily Corr for setting up the visit and to the students and staff for a great day 🙂

Edgewood Campus School Author Visit & Art Workshop

A great author visit at Edgewood Campus School. Thanks to Kate Nuwaysir and Ruth Vander Horck for helping to arrange the day and for the great gifts and beautiful art room overlooking the lake 🙂 The fourth grade students created some amazing raga doodles!


Publishing in the Age of DIY: The Pros & Cons of Self Publishing

This Thursday, August 28th at 6:30pm, I will be part of an SCBWI event at the Wauwatosa Library, as a panelist addressing the topic of self publishing. The two other fabulous authors who will be joining me are Angie Stanton, author of the bestselling contemporary romance YA books Rock and a Hard Place; Snapshot; Dream Chaser; Snowed Over; and Love ‘em or Leave ‘em and JoAnn Early Macken, author of Baby Says “Moo!”; Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move; Sing-ALong Song; and Waiting Out the Storm. If you live around the Milwaukee area, I hope you will join us! Self Publishing Panel Flyer


UPDATE: Here is an article written by Tosa Now about the event.

Ragadoodles: : Masking tape dolls

Students created Ragadoodles (small dolls) out of masking tape and a other materials and created a small book that accompanies their Ragadoodle. These books used inventive words and figurative language to tell a short story about the Ragadoodle. Together they become great little souvenirs that mimic the life-size characters & my book, Snickeyfritz.

Pipsqueaks: Masking tape sculptures

School: St John the Evangelist 5th -8th grade students
Educating Artist: Andrea Skyberg

Students created Pipsqueak characters out of masking and duct tape, similarly to that of my children’s book, Snickeyfritz.

Giants & Pipsqueaks: Masking tape sculptures

Organization: Next Door Foundation: Leaders of Tomorrow
Educating Artist: Andrea Skyberg

The Leaders of Tomorrow (1st – 8th grade students) worked with me to create Pipsqueak characters out of masking tape and duct tape.  After they grew more confident with the materials, we brainstormed together to design a giant character and then sculpted and painted it.  This residency was done in conjunction with my children’s book, Snickeyfritz.