School Visits & Elephants in PA…

These wonderful elephant drawings were created by young artists at Corl Street Elementary in State College, PA….

Elephant and Gracie are thrilled that everyone is having fun with their book.

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

Thank you to Mrs. McGann’s second graders for the lovely letters and fantastic elephants!….including a drawing from Mrs. McGann!…I love to see teachers draw along side their students!….This is one cool school!….tcp



Elephant has a great school visit at Chamberlin School…

….I wasn’t the only author in the room!

Here’s ELEPHANT’S STORY made by the young authors and illustrators in Mrs. Meehan’s First Grade. It’s wonderful.


Here is a story quilt by Mrs. Charbonneau’s Kindergarteners….very cool.


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Drawing Elephant Letters for the classrooms!



…There was even Elephant Cake…yum!


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Mrs. Flickinger shares her library with a GIANT Bob…made a few years back…and still hanging out in the library…..a rooster that’s bigger than an Elephant!


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I thought I was cool because I found an Elephant scarf…But Cally Flickinger was wearing of the t-shirts I designed for Shelburne Farms….very cool.

Thanks to Cally, Traci and everyone at Champlain School for making author visits fun!…I had a wonderful day with the kindergarten and first grade classes at Chamberlin School in Vermont….tcp



School visit with Allen Brook Elementary…

Letters from Ms. Herbert's 1st and 2nd graders

Letters from Ms. Herbert’s 1st and 2nd graders

Signed picture from Mrs. Thyng's class.

Signed picture from Mrs. Thyng’s class.

Yesterday…I had a great day visiting with 1st and 2nd grade students and teachers at Allen Brook School in Williston, VT….What a great school! Thank you Synergy and Harmony!

It was fun spending the day with you and having a conversation about books with such a great group of young authors and artists.

It was fun for me to be able to watch you create your own dummies! Your pigs were clearly having a blast flying over Vermont and beyond….into outer space….over castles…around New York City….and on and on.

Thank you to Mrs. Thing’s class for the signed picture with the wonderful drawings you made of the characters in my books!

Thank you to Ms. Herbert’s 1st and 2nd graders for the lovely letters telling me what you learned from our time together.

Here is what I learned from what Ms. Herbert’s students learned:

FROM AVA:  “…you can get ideas from your family and friends”– Ava’s favorite book is THE HOWLING DOG

FROM LINDSEY: “…How it felt to be an author and illustrator….you can create stories from anything or anywhere…you create the cover last”–Lindsey’s favorite books–BOB & THE HOWLING DOG

FROM OWEN: “…thank you for teaching all that you know…your are the best writer and illustrator in the world. I know it takes a lot of work to do.”

FROM JAYDEN: “…you can draw anywhere.”–Owen’s favorite book–MYRTLE

FROM PARKER: “…the more you draw the better you get. You are a great author.”–Parker’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?–I also learned from Parker how to find Ms. Beeken, the art teacher..(who taught at my children’s school when they were young.) Thank you. I am sure I would have gotten lost–I have no sense of direction! 

FROM ANNA. A.: “…I like art too…” Anna’s favorite book–MYRTLE

FROM KARINA: “…learned a lot” Including, “… You create stories anytime, anywhere about anything….you practiced drawing on buses, on subways and anywhere!..” Karina’s favorite book–BOB–Favorite page–when the owl says “Whooo? Whooo? Whooo?”

FROM TARIK: “…loved reading BOB it was amusing and funny…that you use watercolor..” Tarik’s favorite book BOB

FROM PEYTON: “…to fill whole pages with details. I always create the cover last.”

FROM JULIA: “…that presentation out in the cafeteria was so wonderful…learned so much…like you can get stories from anywhere.” Julia is “writing a book about lady bugs and the little boy’s name is joe.”  Julia’s favorite book–BOB (which she has at her house)

FROM MONTANA: “…that you create stories for your books from anything or anywhere and you create your cover after you finished your book…” Montana’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?

FROM SLOANE: “…that you create stories from anywhere…that you fill the whole page with details…” Sloane’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?

FROM KEEGAN: “…create your cover last…” Keegan’s favorite book –BOB

FROM JADEN: “…you draw fast…liked learning a bout you…”

Thank you, again! It was a great day.

Keep reading, writing and drawing.

Mud season in Vermont is a perfect time to….

Grab some paper.

Fold it.

Staple it.

Pick up a pencil.

Make a book.

Read a book.

Have Fun!….tcp