W.T. Melon

Official blog of Douglas Evans, children's book author

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Location: Classroom at the End of the Hall, California, United States

Author of numerous books for children, including The Elevator Family, MVP: Magellan Voyage Project, and the Classroom Creature Trilogy: Classroom at the End of the Hall, Math Rashes, and Mouth Moths.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Facebook Profile

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Classroom Creature Books

Here are the three Classroom Creature books--Classroom at the End of the Hall, Math Rashes, and Mouth Moths!

Saturday, August 09, 2014


I gave cuts to Lena, and she gave cuts to Jim.
Jim gave cuts to Cory; Mac cut in front of him.
Mac gave cuts to Susan, and she gave cuts to Lee.
Tom took cuts before Dawn, and he gave cuts to me.
And when we left for recess, out the classroom door,
All the kids in our line, stood where they were before.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Great Skype Chat with Amarillo, Texas

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Elevator Family Family

The Elevator Family is growing.  Meet the Wilsons and read about all their adventures.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

50th Classroom Skype of 2013-2014 School Year

I just completed my fiftieth author/student Skype chat of the school year with students in eighteen states.  What great fun to have entered classrooms Connecticut, Washington, Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, Georgia, Massachusetts, Kansas, California, Oklahoma, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Arizona, Ohio, New Mexico, Washington, and Minnesota.  Thanks to all the teachers and librarians for taking an interest in my books. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Elevator Family Play Encore Theater Lima, Ohio

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The School Day Begins

It’s Monday morning at 7:01.
You’re still half asleep; your homework’s half done.

Your shower is cold; your oatmeal’s dry.
Your mother forgets to kiss you good-bye.

You’re walking to school; it’s thirty degrees.
Your fingers won’t work; your toes and ears freeze.

Your zipper is stuck; your left sneaker squeaks.
Your backpack strap snaps; your soup thermos leaks.

You slip on school steps; you trip in the hall.
The toilet floods in the bathroom stall.

The gym door is locked; library’s the same.
The principal greets you by the wrong name.

Your classroom is hot; the coat rack is packed.
Your bean sprout is dead; your clay pot is cracked.

Your pencils are dull; the sharpener jams.
Your fingers get crunched when your desktop slams.

Your math partner’s gone; your neighbor is rude.
Your teacher’s again in a crabby mood.

The morning bell rings; it is 8:01.
Come cozy up to the whiteboard,
Another school day’s begun.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blue Spring

Our blue front yard on the first day of spring.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Moomi Cartoon!

Echoes of the Elevator Family.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Elevator Play License

Directors and Teachers,
                     License The Elevator Family Play, based on the successful children's book The Elevator Family by Douglas Evans.  Check out script at Playscripts

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MVP: Magellan Voyage Project Lesson Plans and Activity Guide (Updated)

For teacher and librarians using MVP: Magellan Voyage Project as part of their language arts or social studies Core Curriculum.
Download the updated MVP Lesson Plans and Activity Guide  MVP:Magellan Voyage Project Guide

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First book signing. 15 Years ago.

Classroom at the End of the Hall Book Signing.  Fifteen years ago!

Monday, February 24, 2014

MVP: Magellan Voyage Project Awash

A girl sent me this picture of her MVP: Magellan Voyage Project book just after it came out of the washing machine.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

One Book One City Chicago

I'm off to Chicago on the California Zephyr for some MVP: Magellan Voyage Project One Book One School presentations.  Maybe I'll see you there.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Complete WT Melon Publishing Brochure

See the new WT Melon Brochure.  Books, e-books, music, plays.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The WT Melon Publishing Book Catalog

Here's the complete WT Melon Publishing Book Catalog  Book Catalog  
(all books also available in all e-book formats)

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Fire Drill--new song!

 Listen to Fire Drill
Fire Drill

When was our playground ever so quiet?
When was our playground not a chaotic riot?
When did the playground give me such a thrill?
When we stood very still for our monthly school fire drill.

I heard a breeze strum on the tetherball strings.
I heard the wind whistling through all the swings.
I heard the monkey bars make a toot and a trill,
When we stood very still for our monthly school fire drill.

What wonderful wonders on the school ground I found,
I saw unknown sights, and I heard every sound.
My teacher was silent and my classmates were fine,
When we stood in that fire drill line.

I felt the sunshine bounce off of my nose.
I smelled the tacos from the lunchroom windows.
Who knows the splendors you might miss until,
The whole school stands still,
And I hope that yours will,
At your monthly school fire drill.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Classroom Creature Music Albums!

Listen to the Classroom Creature music albums on both Spotify and Pandora! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gone High Tech

Gone High Tech

You may have noticed, teacher,
I am not in school today,
But the voice recorder on my desk,
Will pick up each word you say.

Switch on my laptop’s Web cam,
When you have something to show,
And if you pass out homework,
Find my fax number below.

I’ve e-mail and a smart phone,
So I won’t be hard to reach.
Since I don’t need to be in class,
I’ll do lessons at the beach.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Apple Island, or the Truth About Teachers Squeal

If you enjoyed Apple Island or the Truth About Teachers, you might enjoy the squeal, Bradley's Odyssey in which Bradley takes another adventure to rescue the Thinking Cap from the crabby teachers.  Bradley's Odyssey

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Sarah's Shadow--new Classroom Creature Story

Meet the Shadow Rabbit in this new Classroom Creature story--unpublished Sarah's Shadow

Saturday, January 04, 2014

WT Melon Publishing Comic Page

Visit the new WT Melon Publishing Comic Page A B See Spot Run! and 2ndGraders Comics

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Classroom Creature Page!

Friday, December 13, 2013

New MVP: Magellan Voyage Project Page

Visit the new MVP: Magellan Voyage Project Page Click

Thursday, December 12, 2013

MVP: Magellan Voyage Project Skype Chat

Great Skype chat today with 4th-graders at Woodward Academy North in Georgia. Thanks for your splendid questions.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Classroom Creatures

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Mistletoe--a short story for Christmas

Here's my short story Mistletoe (pdf) a short story about giving for Christmas with a nod to O'Henry.

Manchester Beach-new music

Hear the new music piece  Manchester Beach.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Whitaker Creek--new music

Hear the new music:  Whitaker Creek

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Elevator Family Page

Visit The Elevator Family page