Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sometimes the stars align...

Today all three books hit number one in different categories! Pretty cool.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Letters to authors from children are the BEST!!!

Letters I get from speaking at different schools are always the best! 

Kids in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade tend to use the superlative a lot, and anything you do is either the greatest, the funniest, or the best! 

It certainly makes speaking to schools a lot of fun. 

This photograph is from a packet of letters I received this week. 

One student wrote:

Dear Mr. Paul Aertker

Thank you for coming and signing our books and talking to us about geography and Djibouti, Djibouti. (PA: Djibouti, btw, is a country in East Africa on the Horn of Africa, near Ethiopia). 

My favorite story you told us was the royal wedding and I could see everything you described. I want to learn French and the first word I learned was L'abeille  = bee.

Sincerely Lilly.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Travel pillow of the gods or travel pillow for those us who fly coach

Ok. This is an awesome travel pillow. Cabeau neck pillow is kind of like a chapeau for your neck, head, and back. It's thick enough when you're using it to lull yourself into la-la land and it's squishy and small enough to jam into your backpack or travel carryon. Happy trails! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Best earplugs for blocking out snoring

My Crime Travelers series is about kids traveling the world.
 This is a blog post about must-have travel tools. Enjoy!

Sleep next to someone who snores?

I'm using these silicone earplugs for minimizing all forms of noise pollution. The silicone turns sirens into a distant cat's meow. Perfect for that late night Harley's that motor through your neighbor at 3:00 in the morning. 

I haven't used them at a football game but I will the next time. Those folks are loud! 

What is the loudest football stadium? 

Use them in the swimming pool or use them on the airplane or use them on a train. 
Use them anywhere anytime!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

What's more valuable than priceless?

Teaching kids geography: Cool.
Hearing Hollywood refer to your book series as "a property": Awesome.
Writing book 3 in the Crime Travelers trilogy: Priceless.

Priceless is Now Available: 
This is the 3rd book in the middle-grade series that editor Mark Robichaux says,
"reads like The Bourne Identity -- but for kids."

Not for you?
But still want to help kids learn about the world?
Please forward this to a 4 - 7 grade teacher.

Thanks for the support!

Here's an early review from someone named Margo.

PRICELESS is an action packed ride of underwater scuba adventures and elaborate art heists. Sprinkled amongst the story are interesting and educational examples of Spanish cuisine, art, language, and geography. Most importantly, the book contains a positive lesson on what is truly priceless in life and what can be accomplished through collaboration and a sense of purpose. Lucas Benes and the New Resistance kids have triumphed once again!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Adapted from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass - Reading at my friends' wedding this weekend in Vermont.

The day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect health, refresh’d, singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn,
When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and disappear in the morning light,
When I wander’d alone over the beach, and undressing bathed, laughing with the cool waters, and saw the sun rise,
And when I thought how my dear friend my lover was on her way coming, O then I was happy,
O then each breath tasted sweeter, and all that day my food nourish’d me more, and the beautiful day pass’d well,
And the next came with equal joy, and with the next at evening came my friend,
And that night while all was still I heard the waters roll slowly continually up the shores,
I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands as directed to me whispering to congratulate me,
For the one I love most lay sleeping by me under the same cover in the cool night,
In the stillness in the autumn moonbeams her face was inclined toward me,

And her arm lay lightly around my breast – and that night I was happy.