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!!!