Today was my first school visit! Thanks to Jessica Freeburg for setting this up at Cherry View Elementary in Lakeville Minnesota. A big thank you to Paula and Angela for helping me with my presentation, and to all the teachers, staff and crazy awesome kids at CVE!
The K‐2 groups helped me sing some songs, learned a little about me as a kid, and came up with some fantastic new rhymes when we sang Down By the Bay. The 3rd‐5th graders got to hear about being an artist, how what I liked when I was a kid still effects what I do now, the stages of A Dog is a Dog from dummy to finished book, and my process. All the kids had fantastic questions, and I loved answering all of them! I kept the songs for the younger kids, but in the end the older kids wanted me to play my guitar. Since most of the songs I do are for younger kids, and I didn’t know Crazy Train (actual request, so cool), I played Buddy Holly’s All My Love All My Kisses, to a deafening roar. As the kids were leaving the gym they were chanting, “Stephen! Stephen!”