Seal of the United States Department of State
Make-A-Book Project

Cultural Ambassador

By the time most of you receive this news, I’ll be on the plane to Argentina. I have one of my biggest opportunities ever—while traveling during a time of war I always thought of myself as the bicycling ambassador, and now I’ve been honored by the US Embassy in Argentina as the Cultural Ambassador for the 2011-2012 school year.

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Book signing celebration
How we make stuff

School book signing

The ice cream social and book signing celebration for “Ruby the Red Worm” drew over a 1000 people. It was one of the most overwhelming, amazing and fulfilling moments of my life to see the dreams of so many students coming to life.

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Ruby the Red Worms Dirty Job book cover in front of a beautiful garden.
How we make stuff

Cover Design Challenges

The new book, Ruby the Red Worm, is finally here! Perhaps no one is more surprised how beautiful it is then me, especially the cover!

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Todd Hall Elementary elephant sculpture
Make-A-Book Project

An elephant-sized lesson in recycling

Last week I got to visit a school in the Chicago area to discuss a potential make-a-book project about recycling. The art teacher Ms. Holly, of Todd Hall Elementary School, thought of making an elephant sculpture out of recyclable laundry detergent bottles. This is a great, life-sized example of just

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A aerial view of my message. It could read "We ♥ worms" or "We heart worms" or "We love worms."
How we make stuff

We ❤ Worms

School playground photo of “We ❤ worms”. I’m very surprised this picture turned out so great! Another one of my personal favorites. And a giant framed photo will soon be hanging in the school office until the end of times.

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Students examining some red worms up close.
How we make stuff

Collateral worm book projects

While I was producing the final book, the students continued exploring some related projects. Pictured here is Mrs. Lambert’s class examining some red worms up close.

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