Top 10 Visits

All-Time Top 20

  1. DeWitt, IA - Ekstrand Elem
  2. Dublin, OH - Thomas
  3. Kalona, IA - Kalona Elem
  4. Clarion, IA - Clarion-Goldfield Elem
  5. Warrensburg, MO - Maple Grove
  6. Atlantic - Washington Elem
  7. Mason City Roosevelt
  8. WDM - Jordan Creek
  9. Sabina, OH - Sabina Elem
  10. Anamosa - Strawberry Hill
  11. Sedalia, MO - Heber Hunt
  12. Mt. Ayr, IA - Mt. Ayr
  13. Albia, IA - Grant and Lincoln Elem
  14. Sugar Land, TX - Campbell
  15. Powell, OH - Wyondot Run
  16. North Manchester, IN - Manchester

2017 Top 15

  1. Primghar, IA - South O'Brien
  2. Emmetsburg, IA - West
  3. Moravia, IA - Moravia
  4. Osceola, IA - Clarke
  5. Albia, IA - Grant
  6. Gilbert, AZ - Mesquite
  7. Scottsdale, AZ - Sonoran Sky
  8. Gilbert, AZ - Chapparal
  9. Dysart, IA - Dysart-Geneseo
  10. State Center, IA - West Marshall
  11. Atkins, IA - Atkins
  12. Gilbert, AZ - Burk
  13. Gilbert, AZ - San Tan
  14. Gilbert, AZ - Gateway Pointe
  15. Boone, IA - United Community

2016 Top 15

  1. Dublin, OH - Thomas
  2. Kalona, IA - Kalona Elem
  3. Sabina, OH - Sabina Elem
  4. Mt. Ayr, IA - Mt. Ayr Elem
  5. Powell, OH - Wyondot Run
  6. North Manchester, IN - Manchester
  7. Batavia, OH - Batavia Elem
  8. Columbus, OH - Ceshire and Alum Creek
  9. Clarksville, OH - Clinton-Massie
  10. Las Vegas, NV - Alexander Dawson
  11. Dayton, OH - ED Smith
  12. Blanchester, OH - Putman
  13. Algona - Bishop Garrigan
  14. Worthington, OH - Slate Hill
  15. Felicity, OH - Felicity-Franklin

2015 Top 10

  1. Maquoketa
  2. Clarinda
  3. West Branch
  4. Colo-Nesco
  5. SE Webster-Grand
  6. Greenwood, MO
  7. Mt. Pleasant
  8. Centerville
  9. Hawthorne/Halverson, MN
  10. Bedford

2014 Top 10

  1. Johnston, IA - Beaver Creek 
  2. Onawa, IA - West Monona
  3. Webster City, IA - Sunset Heights
  4. Waukee, IA - Maple Grove 
  5. Groveland, FL - Groveland Elem.
  6. Laurens, IA - Laurens-Marathon
  7. Sloan, IA - Westwood
  8. Harrisburg, SD - Explorer
  9. Cedar Rapids, IA - Coolidge
  10. Cedar Park, TX - CC Mason

2013 Top 10

  1. DeWitt, IA - Ekstrand Elem
  2. Clarion, IA - Clarion-Goldfield
  3. Atlantic, IA - Washington Elem
  4. Albia, IA - Grant and Lincoln Elem
  5. Sugar Land, TX - Campbell
  6. Muscatine, IA - McKinley
  7. Clinton, IA - Eagle Heights
  8. Tipton, IA - Tipton Elementary
  9. Maize, KS - Maize South Elem / Moore, OK - Bryant Elementary
  10. Eddyville, IA - Eddyville Elem

2012 Top 10

  1. Warrensburg, Mo - Maple Grove
  2. Anamosa - Strawberry H
  3. Sedalia, Mo - Heber Hunt
  4. Kearney, Mo - Hawthorne
  5. Lamoni
  6. Indianola - Irving
  7. Waterloo - Poyner
  8. Glendale, AZ - Copperwood
  9. Riceville
  10. Oxford Junction and Olin

2011 Top 10

  1. Mason City Roosevelt
  2. Jordan Creek - WDM
  3. Johnston - Wallace
  4. Indianola - Emmerson
  5. Rockwell City
  6. Ft. Dodge St. Ed's
  7. Jefferson/Scranton
  8. Williamsburg
  9. Ogden
  10. North Iowa - Buffalo Center

Congrats to DeWitt - Ekstrand!!!

How in the world did the kids and teachers in DeWitt not only beat out Mason City and Warrensburg, but also Clarion?...

Trust me, it was a tough decision. At Mason City and Warrensburg we had school assembly and I played Minute-to-Win-It with the teachers. It was fun!! At Clarion, they surprised me with a visit from my high school English teacher, Mrs. Houser. In her class is where Sammy was born!

Well, the kids at Ekstrand made Sammy and Cyclones posters throughout all the hallways. We had a pizza party with some bookmark contest winners. The kids were all fired up and what put them over the top was this awesome video they made.

I love going to schools to read and hang out with the kids. Pretty much every school I have a blast with the kids. Some schools go the extra mile and the kids always ask me, "Is this the best school you've visited?"

So I decided to put together my Top School visits. Here is what I based my decision on....

  • Students excitement
  • Welcome signs or posters
  • Respectful Students during talks
  • Organization
  • Speaking environment
  • Contests to spend time with me (lunch, recess, etc)
  • Teachers promotion of my visit to the kids
  • Number of book orders
  • Desire of autographs
  • Good questions
  • Local Newspaper comes
  • Thank you letters
  • Number of Cyclone Fans!

Basically, when the kids are fired up, it makes it fun for both me and them. It helps when the teachers show the book to the kids and promote my visit.

My next book will be out later this year. I will be happy to come back to your school if you want the chance to move up the rankings!!!


List of Schools

Iowa

  • Ackley
  • Adel Elem
  • Albert City - Albert City-Truesdale
  • Albia - Grant(2), Lincoln(2)
  • Alden Elem(2)
  • Algona Elem - Bryant, Bertha Godfrey, Garrigan
  • Altoona - Centennial
  • Ames - Edwards, Kate Mitchell Elem(2), St. Cecilia Elem(2), Ames Christian, Northwood Elem, Sawyer
  • Anamosa - Strawberry Hill
  • Anita Elem
  • Ankeny - Westwood Elem(2), Crocker Elem, Ashland Elem, Ankeny Christian School, Prairie Trail, Northwest, Crocker(2), Rock Creek
  • Atkins - Atkins
  • Atlantic - Washington
  • Avoca Elem
  • Barnum - Manson NW Webster Elem
  • Baxter - Baxter Elem
  • Bedford - Bedford Elem(2)
  • Bedford Elem
  • Belmond - Jacobson Belmond Elem
  • Blairsburg - South Hamilton
  • Bondurant Elem(2)
  • Boone - Boone Elem, Sacred Heart School, Altoona Elem
  • Boone - United Community Elem(2), Lincoln, Page
  • Boyden - Boyden-Hull Elem
  • Britt - West Hancock Elem(2)
  • Buffalo Center - North Iowa Elem
  • Burlington - Sunnyside
  • Cambridge - Ballard East
  • Carlisle Elem
  • Carroll Elem
  • Cedar Falls - Lincoln(2)
  • Cedar Falls - Southdale Elem, Orchard Hill Elem, Hansen Elem, Cedar Heights Elem
  • Cedar Rapids - Erksine, Prairie View Elem, Arthur, Hiawatha, Taylor, Nixon, Wright, Van Buren, Coolidge, Garfield
  • Centerville - Lincoln, Garfield, Central
  • Central City Elem
  • Chariton Elem
  • Charles City - Lincoln, Washington Charles City Elem
  • Charter Oak
  • Clarinda - Garfield
  • Clarion-Goldfield
  • Clarksville
  • Clear Lake Elem
  • Clinton - Eagle Heights
  • Clive - Crestview Elem
  • Collins Elem
  • Coon Rapids Elem
  • Corning - Corning Elem Council Bluffs - Franklin Elem (2), Lewis and Clark
  • Crawfordsville Elem
  • Davenport - Adams, Harrison, Monroe, Eisenhower, Wilson, Buchanan
  • Dayton - SE Webster-Grand
  • Delhi
  • Dennison Elem
  • Denver Elem
  • Des Moines - Brubaker, Carver Community, Des Moines Christian(2), Downtown School, Edmunds, Findley Elem, Garton, King, St. Anthony School, Walnut Street, Hillis(2), Hanawalt, Hubbell, Jackson(2), Jefferson, Lovejoy Elem, Madison Elem, Monroe Elem, Morris Elem, Moulton, Park Ave Elem, Pleasant Hill Elem, Riverwoods, Samuelson Elem(2), Stowe Elem, Studebaker Elem(2), Willard Elem, Windsor Elem, St. Theresa School, Wright Elem, Hillis, Garner Elem, Oak Park
  • DeWitt - Ekstrand, St. Joseph
  • Dike Elem
  • Dow City Elem
  • Dows - CAL-Dows Elem
  • Dubuque - Eisenhower, Marshall, Kennedy, Carver, Seton Catholic, St. Columbkille
  • Dunkerton - Dunkerton Elem
  • Dyersville Elem
  • Dysart - Dysart-Geneseo(2)
  • Eagle Grove Elem(2)
  • Earlham Elem(2)
  • Earlville
  • Eddyville Elem
  • Eldora - Eldora - New Providence
  • Elk Horn - Elk Horn-Kimballton
  • Elliott - Elliott Elem
  • Emmetsburg - West
  • Fort Dodge - Duncombe Elem(2), St. Edmonds Elem(2)
  • Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg Elem
  • Galva - Upper Elem
  • Gilbert Elem
  • Gladbrook Elem
  • Glenwood - Northeast Elem
  • Granger - Woodward-Granger Elem, Granger Assumption School(2)
  • Greenfield - Nodaway Valley Elem
  • Greenfield - Nodaway Valley
  • Grimes - Dallas Center-Grimes Elem(2)
  • Grinnell - Fairview, Bailey Park
  • Grinnell
  • Grundy Center(2)
  • Grundy Center Elem
  • Guthrie Center Elem
  • Hamburg - Marnie Simons
  • Hampton Elem
  • Harlan Elem
  • Hartford Upper Elem
  • Hawarden - West Sioux
  • Holstein - Galva-Holstein Elem
  • Hopkinton - Johnson
  • Hubbard Elem(2)
  • Hudson Elem
  • Humbodlt Elem(2)
  • Humeston - Mormon Trail Elem
  • Indianola - Wilder Elem(2), Emerson Elem(2), Whittier Elem, Irving Elem
  • Iowa City - Wickham Elem, Coralville Elem, Bufford Garner Elem, Penn Elem
  • Iowa Falls Elem(2)
  • Jackson Junction - Turkey Valley Elem
  • Jefferson Elem
  • Jesup Elem
  • Jewell - South Hamilton
  • Johnston - Horizon Elem, Wallace Elem, Beaver Creek Elem(3), Lawson Elem, Timber Ridge ElemKnoxville Elem, West
  • Keystone - Keystone
  • Kolona - Kolona Elem
  • La Porte City Elem
  • Lake Mills Elem
  • Lamoni
  • Latimer - CAL
  • Laurens Elem
  • Lenox - Lenox
  • Lewis - Lewis Elem
  • Logan - Logan-Magnolia
  • Lone Tree
  • Lucia Wallace
  • Manchester - West Deleware Elem
  • Manley Elem
  • Manning Elem
  • Maquoketa - Briggs, Cardinal
  • Marengo - Iowa Valley Elem
  • Marion
  • Marshalltown - Franklin Elem, Hoglan Elem, and Rogers
  • Marshalltown - Franklin(2), Rodgers
  • Martensdale Elem(2)
  • Mason City - Newman Elem, Roosevelt Elem, Jefferson Elem, Harding Elem, Hoover Elem
  • Massena Elem
  • Melcher-Dallas
  • Missouri Valley Elem
  • Monona - MFL MarMac
  • Monroe - Prairie City-Monroe
  • Monroe Elem
  • Montezuma
  • Moravia - Moravia
  • Mount Ayr - Mt. Ayr Elem
  • Mt. Pleasant - Harlan
  • Mt. Vernon Elem(2)
  • Muscatine - Colorado, Franklin, Madison, McKinley, Grant, Jefferson
  • New Hampton Elem(2)
  • New Hartford Elem
  • New Sharon - North Mahaska
  • Newton - T. Jefferson(2)
  • Newton Elem
  • Nora Springs Elem
  • North Winneshiek Elem
  • Northwood Elem
  • Norwalk - Oviatt
  • Oakland - Riverside Oakland - Riverside Elem
  • Oelwein Elem
  • Ogden Elem
  • Olin
  • Onawa - West Monona
  • Orient-Macksburg Elem
  • Osage Elem(2)
  • Osage Elem(2)
  • Osceola Elem(2)
  • Ottumwa - Liberty, Wildwood(2), Agazzi, Wilson
  • Oxford Junction - Midland
  • Parkersburg Elem
  • Pekin Elem
  • Pella - Madison, Lincoln, Pella Christian
  • Peosta - Seton Catholic
  • Peyton-Churdan
  • Pleasantville Elem
  • Polk City - North Polk Elem
  • Pomeroy Elem
  • Prairie City Elem
  • Primghar - South O'Brien Elem
  • Red Oak Elem
  • Reinbeck - Gladbrook-Reinbeck Reinbeck Elem
  • Riceville
  • Rippey - East Greene Elem
  • Riverside - Highland
  • Rock Rapids - Central Lyon
  • Rockwell - West Fork
  • Rockwell City Elem
  • Saint Ansgar Elem
  • Saydel Elem
  • SE Polk - Centennial Elem, Clay Elem, 4-Mile Elem, Runnells Elem
  • Seymour - Seymour
  • Sheffield - West Fork
  • Shellsburg
  • Shennahdoah Elem(2)
  • Slater - Ballard Elem
  • Sloan - Westwood Elem
  • Souix City-St. Heelan High School, Clark, Hunt, Whittier, Crescent Park, Bryant, Roosevelt, Emerson, Irving
  • South Tama Elem
  • Stanton Elem
  • State Center - West Marshall Elem(2)
  • Storm Lake Elem
  • Story City - Roland Story Elem
  • Stuart Elem
  • Sumner - Durant Swea City - North Union Elem
  • Tabor - Freemont Mills Elem
  • Tama - South Tama Tipton
  • Tripoli - Tripoli Elem Truro - Interstate 35 Twin Cedars Elem
  • Urbandale - St. Pius X, Rolling Green, Valerius
  • Ute Elem
  • Van Meter Elem(2)
  • Villisca - Enarson(2)
  • Vinton - Tilford
  • Walcott Elem
  • Waterloo - Irving Elem, Lou Henry Elem, Lowell Elem, Poyner Elem
  • Waukee - Eason Elem, Maple Grove Elem(2), Shuler Elem, Waukee Elem
  • Waukon - Allamakee Elem
  • Webster City Elem(2)
  • Wellsburg
  • West Branch - Hoover Elem
  • West Des Moines - Jordan Creek Elem, Crossroads, Fairmeadows, Western Hills
  • Williamsburg Elem
  • Woodbury Elem
  • Zearing - Colo-Nesco

Alabama

  • Big Cove - Goldsmith Schiffman
  • Harvest - Harvest Elem
  • Huntsville - Monrovia, Weatherly Heights
  • Owens Cross Roads - Hampton Cove

Arizona

  • AZ - Copperwood
  • Cave Creek - Desert Willow
  • Gilbert - Harris, Houston, Ashland Ranch, Playa del Rey, Burk, Cooley, Centennial, San Tan, Carol Rae Ranch, Chaparrel, Val Vista Lakes, Gateway Pointe, Gilbert, Mesquite, Quartz Hill, Greenfield, Islands, Higley Traditional Academy
  • Glendale, Lake Pleasant, Pueblo
  • Mesa - Canyon Rim, Superstition Springs
  • Peoria
  • Queen Creek - Sossaman
  • Scottsdale - Sonoran Sky, Desert Canyon, Grayhawk
  • Scottsdale, AZ - Desert Canyon, AZ - Frontier, AZ - Peltra Trail, Apache Junction, Four Peaks

California

  • Bermuda Dunes - Julius Corsini
  • Blythe - Monroe
  • CA - Ford
  • Desert Hot Springs - Roosevelt - Ruth Brown, Earhart
  • Indio - Indian Wells
  • La Quinta - Franklin

Colorado

  • Littleton - Ute Meadows, Blue Heron
  • Lakewood - Dennison

Florida

  • Boca Raton - Coral Sunset, JC Mitchell
  • Cocoa - Challenger 7
  • Groveland - Groveland Elem
  • Indialantic - Indialantic Elem
  • Melbourne - Quest
  • Port St. John - Atlantis
  • Titusville - Apollo
  • Windermere - Keenes Crossing

Illinois

  • Oswego - Southbury
  • Des Plaines - Brentwood
  • Elk Grove - Clearmont
  • Aurora - Wolf's Crossing, Homestead

Indiana

  • Greensburg - North Decatur, South Decatur
  • North Manchester - Manchester
  • Versailles - South Ripley

Kansas

  • Haysville - Oatville Elem
  • Maize - Pray-Woodman, South Elem
  • Overland Park - Valley Park
  • Shawnee - Horizon, St. Joseph
  • Shawnee Mission - Bluejacket Flint
  • Tecumseh - North, South
  • Topeka - Shawnee Heights

Kentucky

  • Alexandria - Campbell Ridge
  • Burlington - Burlington Elem, Kelly
  • Cold Spring - Cline
  • Hebron - Thornwilde
  • Union - New Haven

Missouri

  • Ballwin - Woerther
  • Blue Springs - Hawthorne Elem
  • Boonville Elem
  • Breckenridge - Heber Hunt Elem
  • Carthage - Steadley Elem
  • Chesterfield - Wild Horse, Fox Hill
  • Chesterfield Elem
  • Columbia, McCulloch, Price, Schofield
  • Ellisville - Ridge Meadows
  • Eureka - Blevins, Chinn, Coleman
  • Grover - Pond, Sweeny, Tiffany Ridge, Voy Springs, Warrensburg
  • Kansas City - Westwood View, Daniel Young Elem, Fairway Elem
  • Kearney - Line Creek Elem
  • Liberty - Kellybrooke Elem, Lillian Elem
  • Raymore - Timber Creek
  • Republic - Lyon, Geggie
  • Sedalia - Thomas Ulitican Elem, Warren Hills Elem
  • Springfield - Sequiota Elem
  • St. Joseph - Hyde - Russell Boulevard Elem
  • St. Louis - Concord Elem, Hawthorne, James Walker

Minnesota

  • Albert Lea - Halverson Elem(2), Hawthorne(2), Lakeview Elem
  • Austin - Nevlin
  • Cottage Grove - Grey Cloud Elem
  • Farilbault - Jefferson Elem, Roosevelt Elem, Lincoln Elem
  • Good Thunder - Maple River West Minnesota Lake - Maple River East
  • Hastings - Pinecrest
  • Owatonna - Lincoln Elem, Washington Elem
  • Oxbow Creek
  • Rochester - Gibbs Elem
  • Rockford - Rockfor Elem
  • Stewartville - Bonner
  • Stillwater - Rutherford
  • White Bear Lake - Lakearies, Birch Lake

Nebraska

  • Bellevue - Leonard Lawrence
  • La Vista - Portal
  • Omaha - Picotte, Seymour, Blumfield
  • South Sioux City - Harney

Nevada

  • Henderson - Twitchell, Newton
  • Las Vegas - Fine, Hoggard, Harmon, Southern Highlands, Wright, Stuckey, Alexander Dawson, Triggs

New Jersey

  • Princeton - Community Park Elem

Ohio

  • Amelia - Amelia Elem, Holly Hill
  • Batavia - Batavia Elem
  • Cincinnati - Ayer, Brantner, C.O. Harrison, Delshire, Merwin, Summit
  • Clarksville - Clinton Massie
  • Columbus - Worthington Hills, Stevenson
  • Dayton - ED Smith
  • Delaware - Cheshire
  • Dublin - Olde Sawmill, Thomas
  • Felicity - Felicity-Franklin
  • Franklin - Anthony Wayne
  • Galena - Hylen Souders
  • Hilliard - Beacon, JW Reason
  • Hillsboro - Bright
  • Lewis Center - Alum Creek
  • Manchester - Manchester Elem
  • Marietta - Putnam
  • Powell - Wyondot Run
  • Sabina - Sabina Elem
  • Sunbury - Big Walnut
  • Wilmington - Holmes, East End
  • Worthington - Slate Hill, Colonial Hills
  • Wyoming - Hilltop Elem

Oklahoma

  • Edmund - Russell Dougherty Elem
  • Moore - Southgate-Ripptoe, Bryant, Earlywine
  • Mustang - Lakehoma Elem, Mustang Creek, Mustang Elem
  • Yukon - Ranchwood

Pennsylvania

  • Collegeville - Evergreen Elem
  • Morrisville - Holy Trinity School
  • Nazareth - Shaffer, Buskill, Lower Nazareth

South Dakota

  • Harrisburg - Explorer
  • Sioux Falls - Robert Frost

Tennesee

  • Gallatin - Station Camp
  • Hendersonville - Walton Ferry
  • Murfreesboro - Buchanan
  • Smyrna - Cedar Grove

Texas

  • Austin - Grandview Hills, Joslin, Laurel Mountain
  • Bellaire - Horn Academy
  • Cedar Park - CC Mason
  • Houston - West University Elem
  • Missouri City - Sienna Crossing
  • Round Rock - Double File Trail
  • Sugar Land - Campbell, Austin Parkway, Colony Bend

Wisconsin

  • Hudson - Hudson Prairie