May 19, 2009


I really appreciate all of the schools that hosted me this Spring in Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona!

It is always so much fun to rub shoulders with my readers and to hear the stories that teachers tell me while I am visiting, which come from their read-alouds of my books or about that one boy in her classroom who just "hates to read" but got hooked by the kookiness of my poetry or The Tails Tales of Mr. Murphy and how kids got into a great discussion about bullies after hearing chapters from Go Ask Mom or the girl in third grade who told me she was dreaming of being the President of the United States, just like the girl in my book When I Was A Girl... I Dreamed

IT SURE KEEPS ME GOING! How about you teachers who went to college with a teacher who is now in Hawaii or New Zealand or Australia? Can you give a shout out for me to them? Those are locations I think school visits are desperately needed, don't you?

I did my last school visit for the Spring in Loveland, Colorado today! The younger kids were wild, crazy, enthused and fun (end of year). They were laughing, poking, joking and enjoying the fun of listening to me telling them about my work in process FRONT FLIP FLOP (tails of my narcoleptic cat).

The older kids were great and got to hear a first person narrative of the bullying story I based Go Ask Mom and the subsequent 5 books on. I was swarmed by a group of older kids afterwards asking me question after question after question.

The best question of the day was: "Mr. Matott, what was your very best day?" On the way home I tried to think of that and the title for potentially a new book was born: THE BEST DAY!


Missy said...

I am stopping by via Terra's blog - Tales from the Nightstand. I have written 2 poems for your contest - you can view them here - Thanks!

Bonnie said...

Hi Justin,
Hey, I finally entered the contest. You can see it on my blog at
I think Terra probably has them on the entry site.
I was wondering which of your books you would recommend for my boys 8 & 11. Connor (11 yr old) mentioned a new book you had coming out. I think he said it was something about the woods? I may need to ask him again. Also I wanted to ask you a question about your IG's. We have a 6 month old female and we are thinking she needs company. Do they do better if there is more than one?

Justin Matott said...

Hey Bonnie, thanks for entering the contest! I will swing over to check it out today.

Your sons would likely enjoy Go Ask Mom and The World According to Gabe to start. The Man in the Woods is still in the hopper.

Regarding the IGs, we have but one, but a friend of mine has 3 and she says they play and lay together famously. She is rarely home and so they occupy one another. They are a very high maint breed, so I think two would be good, but likely she would play with a different breed of "calmer" dog. Honestly, I LOVE ours, but I would be personally be reluctant to get another IG when we get another dog just because of the high maint issues, to the door, to the window and back a million times a day, sleep under covers...

Great running buddy and when we run a lot of miles she is calmer.

Justin Matott said...

Hey Missy, thanks for entering in. I will check it out soon!