Fifth Grade World Tour!

Hi All –

Here’s a picture of me and Dodger on the first day of our Fifth Grade World Tour!  It’s Children’s Book Week this week, and the third DODGER book is coming out this month, so I wanted to celebrate.  Between now and Thursday, I am using Skype and iChat to have video conferences with 15 groups of students from all over the country.  I will “meet” kids fro IL, VA, VT, TX, NJ, FL, and MN.  This is a really fun, environmentally friendly way to connect with readers — and my wife and kids are thrilled that I don’t have to leave the house to do it!

My wonderful publisher, Feiwel and Friends (a division of Macmillan) helped to make this tour happen, and even sent me a really nice goodie package that arrived during a chat this AM.  The kids in Illinois really liked the rainforest-themed candies, and their teacher, Mr. Moylan, really liked the environmentally-friendly coffee.

4 Responses to “Fifth Grade World Tour!”

  1. Jordan,

    What a fantastic idea! Great for the students . . . the planet . . . and your family!

    Have fun “traveling” all over the country.

    Best regards,

  2. Liz S. says:

    Jordan, bon voyage on your tour!! Congratulations on the pub of Dodger for Sale, too!

  3. Michael Moylan says:

    Kudos to you and your publisher for utilizing the technology in such a meaningful way!

    I can only hope this experience creates a new standard for authors to inspire and entertain young readers and writers. Personally, I know my students were motivated more than I could’ve hoped. Even my most reluctant reader was hooked.

    In fact, my class scrutinized the Caudill and Bluestem lists, eagerly asked to visit the library, and readily shared their thoughts about what they were reading.

    Later this week, when I put 22 copies of “Dodger and Me” in their hands, I know my students will be clammoring to read! And with a hot cup of coffee nearby, imagine the reading rates!

  4. Susan Bohman says:

    My students had a great time being part of your world tour!

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