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Make-A-Book Project

Updates about the Make-A-Book Project, where organizations or elementary schools co-create and illustrate a children’s chapter book with Scott and friends. Interested in starting your own project? Contact us for more details. It is never too early to begin watching your ideas come to life.

New. We’re working on two projects. Mirabella the Monarch and Honeynester the Bee. If you would like to submit a drawing please contact us for guidelines. Every participating kid gets a free book!


Monarch butterfly garden blacklight art show. Here are the pieces being assembled with the blacklight on.

Collateral Projects for the Monarch Butterfly Book

Classroom Activities and Upcoming Celebration Above is a hint of what is coming to Parker Woods Montessori Science Fair. This fantastic black light butterfly garden. An amazing art show by Suzanne Nall and the students. Just one of the great activities going along with our upcoming book: Mirabella the Monarch. Below you can see the… Continue Reading


Student illustrations for Mirabella the Monarch's Mysterious Migration

Illustrations for Mirabella the Monarch

Make-A-Book Project Update Summary: Illustrations are done (except for our make-up session). Ms Nall, the art teacher, has been great to work with. I learned an incredible amount about teaching from her, not least of all crowd management. And her personal teaching style is visible in the student’s drawings. I can say they are more… Continue Reading


Butterfly Ballot Boxes

Character Creation Contest

The Make-A-Book Project begins at Parker Woods Montessori I’m excited to announce that the new book will be about the monarch butterfly, which is truly one of the most amazing animals (insects are animals, too) on the planet. The monarch butterfly migrates from Canada to Mexico. It takes 4 generations to fly there and back.… Continue Reading


Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire Ad

Mini Maker Faire: The greatest show and tell on Earth

Celebrate Creativity and Invention! Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back and is at an exciting new location. The event brings together amateur and professional inventors, artists, crafters, chemists, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. And according to @MAKE Magazine, “is the greatest show and tell on Earth –… Continue Reading


3 book projects in the works

Ruby the Red Worm inspired hundreds of homes to begin kitchen composting, and not just the families involved with the book, but the friends, families and neighbors one to two times removed, maybe more. Just a quick update to let everyone know that the we have not one, but three book projects are in the… Continue Reading


Kenyan school children jump for joy when they got their Falling Uphill 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 air, just like they are falling uphill. I hope the books encourage the… Continue Reading


Vamos Chicas Paraguay Peace Corp-12

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.


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.


Will Allen and Ruby the Red Worm

Once again I was honored to present at the Growing Power International Urban & Small Farm Conference. Pictured here is Will Allen, one of Milwaukee’s most prominent citizens and the founder of Growing Power.


Celebrating the book

Pictured below are the students from Argentina holding their certificates of achievements and their copy of “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” the book that we created together. In my opinion the celebration of the book is the most important step. It helps the students realize their purpose in life, take a step of action with their passion… Continue Reading


The Cupcake Boy is here

The Cupcake Boy is the story about a boy who makes the most beautiful and tasty cupcakes in the world; however, the villagers take the boy for granted.


Coloring Books

One mother was kind enough to send me this photo: “My kids thought your book needed a little color”. I think this is a great surprise.


Cupcake Fundraiser

We celebrated the new book, The Cupcake Boy, at Amy Belle Elementary at their Spring Fling. It was a big success! It makes me feel fulfilled to see all the proud young student illustrators. Below is a young artist displaying her picture of the cupcake boy realizing he is like a greedy little piggy. Pictures… Continue Reading


Making of the Cupcake Boy School Photo

I think this is a beautiful picture even though it didn’t turn out as I imagined. The photo was taken on St. Patrick’s Day when all the kids were wearing green. I asked everyone with a red coat to be part of the cherry. I also didn’t account for perspective, which makes the muffin top… Continue Reading


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