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Is your school a MUST-SEE school?

My name is Oliver. My friend Susan Taylor Brown wrote a book that is all about ME!Susan is busy writing lots of other books (including some that don't star ME, hmmph!) and she has a regular day job too. That means she doesn't have as much time as she would like to visit schools and talk about MY book. But I LOVE to travel. So does my dog.
Maybe I could come visit your school?

Pretty please with peanut butter and pickles on top?

Then I could learn all about your school, your class, and your neighborhood. When I come home from my trip I can write all about my adventure in this blog.

What's in my backpack?

What's in my backpack?
Hi, it's me, Oliver.

I'm packing my backpack because I hope someone is going to invite me for a school visit soon!

So far I have:

* My best friend Dog. We go everywhere together.
* My must-do list.
* My quilt.
* My bunny slippers.
* My peanut butter and pickle sandwich.
* A reproducible page of dot-to-dot big dipper. (I love the stars.)
* My favorite book of knock-knock jokes.
* A picture post card of San Jose (which is where I live.)

What do you put in YOUR backpack when you travel?


All about Oliver's School Visits

This is a fun alternative to the Flat Stanley projects you may have done in the past. Here is some more information from Susan about having me come to visit.

Nothing except for the cost of postage to mail him back home again.

Usually 1-2 weeks. Please talk to me if you want him to stay longer.


Oliver comes with a teaching guide that coordinates with his book Oliver’s Must-Do List as well as a list of suggestions for classroom activities. You can view these items on my website in advance of Oliver’s visit in order to better plan your time.


Leave a comment in my blog or send me an email or go see Susan's blog and talk to her there.


My visit to Mountain School

This is Mountain School.

The teacher read the class my book. 
Then she had them draw pictures to try and guess what I was. 
I waited patiently in my backpack.

Christina thought I was a boy.

Alexis thought I was a girl. 

Someone else thought I was a bear.

I waited in my backpack for a VERY long time.

Everyone was surprised to find out I wasn't a boy or a girl or a bear.
I was me, Oliver, the rhino!


Packing up for school visits

Hi it's me, Oliver!

I'm busy packing my bags and getting ready to head out to a couple of schools here in California to start the new year, one in San Francisco and another in Byron. I like to stay for a while at each school so if you've been thinking about having me come visit, please get in touch soon so I can put you on my calendar.

I wonder how many schools I can visit in one year?

Peanut Butter sandwich contest

Hi it's me, Oliver.

Guess what I just found out? Jif peanut butter (my absolute favorite) is having a peanut butter sandwich contest. If you've read my book, you know how much I LOVE peanut butter sandwiches (with pickles, of course). Anyway, if you like peanut butter, maybe you can enter this contest.

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The makers of Jif peanut butter have launched the fourth annual "Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest" with a grand prize of a $10,000 scholarship fund. Four runner-ups will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The contest is open to kids ages 6 to 12 and 10 finalists will be selected by a panel of judges in December, then posted on http://www.jif.com as part of a nationwide online vote.

Five finalists ultimately will compete in a live judging in New York next March.

Sandwiches will be judged on the following criteria: creativity, nutritional balance, taste, appearance and ease of preparation.

For official rules and entry form, visit http://www.jif.com. Entries should be mailed to:

Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest  Cohn & Wolfe, 292 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10017.

The deadline for entries is Nov. 15.

Good luck!

I'm in New York!

Hi, it's me, Oliver.

I'm in New York at Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy. Miss Barbara was SO nice to me when we met that she asked me to stay even longer so I can go visit their other school too! Isn't that neat?

And wait until you hear about what I'm doing with the kids there!

Bye for now.


Lost in New York

Hi it's me, Oliver.

Sniff. Sniff

Susan susanwrites sent me to the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy in New York. It's my very first time away from home and even though I have my best friend Dog with me it was still scary to be away from home. But FedEx didn't get to the school in time and they sent me to some other office where I am waiting ALL ALONE for the teacher to come find me on Monday. I hope she does. I don't think my peanut butter and pickle sandwich is going to last for very long, especially if I have to share it with Dog.

I sure hope they find me on Monday.



I'm ready to start traveling!

Hi, it's me, Oliver.

Guess what? I am ready to start traveling.  lionmother invited me to come to her school in Harlem, New York. I can't wait to meet the students at her school. Susan is busy packing my bag and checking to make sure she has all my important things in it. I hope she doesn't forget to pack my peanut butter and pickle sandwich in case I get hungry on the way.

 In December I'm going to visit Mrs. Kestner's Beary Good First Grade in Diveron, Illinois. Susan also said I am going to be going to Cupertino, California, Georgia, Virginia, and Nebraska!

Susan also got me my very own email account oliverscorner@yahoo.com and the cool thing about that is that my calendar of my visits will be online and anyone who wants to see where I am going to be next can check it. My online calendar. 

Bye for now.

What's on YOUR must-do list?

I made a new friend, klpeek and she likes to make lists too. (Edited to fix the broken link and add this new one to Kim's new LJ - kidlit_kim She thought I should share what's on my must-do list. Maybe then some of you will post what's on your lists too. In my book, my mom and I keep our must-do lists on the refrigerator. If that's what you do, you could take a picture and send it to me and I'll post that here too!

Today's MUST-DO list

  1. Find new bunny slippers.
  2. Tell lots of people about my book.
  3. Make up a new knock-knock joke.

Send me your list, pleeeeeeeasssse.


Attention bookstores!

It's me, Oliver, again.

Last night Susan met with a bunch of independent bookstores to talk about me and my book. She also came up with another idea for booksellers. She thought it would be cool if I could go stay at some different bookstores for a while. That way local schools could still come take me home and then they could see all the other great books in the store at the same time. Neat, huh? Now all I need is some wonderful bookstore owner to let Susan know they want me to come visit.

Bye for now.