How we make stuff

Articles about how we concept ideas, write words, draw pictures and — most importantly — test our ideas! We believe that kids are driven by passion and that they learn by doing — playing. And we believe the concepts, games and activities should be evidence-based, meaning tested and proven in the real world.​

Make-A-Book Project Certificate of Achievement
Make-A-Book Project

Certificate of Recognition

I’m very excited. This Thursday the Ambassador to Argentina will be visiting some elementary schools in Buenos Aires to read the new Spanish edition of my children’s book. The kids will be receiving their own copy of the book and the certificate of recognition pictured above.

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The new book on the floor of the printer's shop waiting to be bound. Each stack is a set of pages.
Make-A-Book Project

The making of the book

Here is my new book on the floor of the print shop waiting to be bound. It’s the Spanish edition of the kid’s book, “Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life.” I needed to hover over the guys at the print shop because it just wasn’t getting done on schedule. Aah! And the books need to be on an airplane to Argentina the next day!

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Screen Shot infobae 2011 09 23
Make-A-Book Project

My most popular story in the Americas

My most popular article about my bicycle ride around the world. It appeared in almost every country from Argentina all the way up to Canada. Quite probably millions of people saw this story.

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

Cultural Ambassador

While traveling during a time of war, I always thought of myself as the bicycling ambassador, and now I’ve been honored by the United States Department of State to be the Cultural Ambassador to Argentina 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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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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