Author Donna Gephart

My students Skyped with award-winning author Donna Gephart on World Read Aloud Day. Her sense of humor, props, and enthusiasm won them over. They're still smiling.

I am honored she agreed to finish my sentence starters. I wrote the words in red, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Donna! 

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen is FUN!  Olivia will do anything to overcome her geography deficiency and get on Jeopardy’s Kids Week . . . and see her dad again.  (There are over 100 facts/trivia woven through the book, and it’s structured like a game of Jeopardy!.)

Ken Jennings -- Jeopardy! champ -- wrote a blurb because he told me his 9-year-old son LOVED Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen.  Ken’s blurb on the back cover makes me very happy.  He’s an awesome guy.

The Sid Fleischman Humor Award for As If Being 12-3/4 Isn’t Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! was awarded for the funniest children’s book of the year.  I couldn’t have been more delighted by this honor!

I connect with readers on Skype and in person during fun, memorable school visits, at book festivals, library programs and during wild, wacky writing workshops. 

Wild About Words is my blog. Check it out:

Funny books should combine humor and heartbreak to make them meaningful to young readers.

Reading is one thing that let’s us know we are not alone in this world.  It connects us, creates compassion and opens windows to the wider world and the internal one. 

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about the “unfortunate hula hoop incident,” but you’ll have to read Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen to discover what that’s all about.

And my web site, where I have FREE reading/activity guides, interviews with amazing industry professionals and a singing hamster video.   

I am giving away one copy of Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen
Rules for the Giveaway 

1. It will run from 11/30 to 11:59 p.m. on 12/3. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. Please pay it forward.

Borrow Donna's books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops


  1. Great interview, Donna! I love the advice that funny books should combine humor and heartbreak.

    Mr. Schu, it looks like I've got another blog to add to my blog list.

  2. Thanks, Katie!

    Mr. Schu, I'm a huge fan of your blog and am honored to be part of it today. Thanks a million!


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