Make-A-Book Project

Updates about how we’re making the latest book. The Make-A-Book Project, an artist-in-residence program where schools or organizations create and illustrate a children’s chapter book with Scott and friends. Are you interested in starting your own project? Learn more about the <a href=”/make-a-book-project/”>Make-A-Book Project</a>.

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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
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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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Sorting the illustrations
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Choosing drawings for the new book

After working with the elementary students for 6 days, I got approximately 1000 drawings to choose from. So, being more of the right-brained-artistic type, it is a major organizational challenge.

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A colorful sign with bugs and a voting box and ballots.
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Name that bug contest

One fun idea to get the students more involved in the production of the book was to have them name the characters in the story. So I, along with my self-appointed fan club, made this ballot box.

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