The Dirt Book picked by NSTA

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that National Science Teachers Association has just published its list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2022, and THE DIRT BOOK is on the list.

Here’s how NSTA describes the list: NSTA, in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council, is pleased to announce the list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students. Representing the best science trade books published in 2021 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the books featured on the list include captivating stories, compelling characters, and beautiful illustrations.

I’m grateful (again) to KATE COSGROVE for her outstanding illustrations to make THE DIRT BOOK a winner, and to our editor, GRACE MACCARONE, for making sure we got it right.

No party this year

Hi everyone,

I regret that I can’t work a virtual party at my place into the calendar this year. Last one I had was on December 16, 2020, only six days after MARY JO, TIM, and I sent our proposal to Scholastic that evolved over the months since into two volumes. This week we are reviewing the final layouts for the 1st book before it goes off to press and the 2nd one isn’t far behind.

Now I’m in the final sprint to finish my part of the book with LAURA and TIM for Teacher Created Materials and have promised to get there no later than the end of January. So no party. Not unless one of you would like to take over this one and make up for my lack of hospitality. Either way, I look forward to having another event in the spring and hope we’ll have a big turnout to make up for these weary months without enough merriment. Keep the faith! XO

Email Math

Hi everyone,

This time of year a lot of tying of loose ends is going on. I owe Laura Robb and Tim Rasinski several weeks of work to finish my parts of our book with Teacher Created Materials. I’ve committee to be done no later than the end of January. Meanwhile, I’m struggling to get ahead of incoming requirements. Yesterday morning I faced a backlog of 57 items, each of which would take some time to respond. Read this. Do that. Fill out this form. Write an into. That sort of thing.

I worked steadily all day with only a brief timeout to work on one of the poems for the TCM project. I made good progress. Yet this morning the backlog stands at 72. I’m afraid I’m failing Email Math. Goose Lake greets the dawn, smears on some makeup, and reminds me that my problems are of little concern to her or to anyone else. My problems…my worries. Time to get to it.

My Word of the Month poem for December

Hi everyone,

Here’s my poem for December: Eyes.

Randy Bacon at work with David

We roam costumed
as though going
to the same masquerade,
our souls exposed
in the pools of our eyes.

Noseless, chinless, mouthless,
we wander past eyes we know
but don’t recognize,
hesitant to dwell
for fear of seeming rude.

This may be the time
to pause more,
seek more,
lean in to read the open books
in the eyes.

(c) 2021 David L. Harrison 

December evening under the stars

Hi everyone,

Last night we went with our buddy ELAINE FRY to see the Carole King based show, BEAUTIFUL, at the Juanita K. Hammons Center for the Performing Arts, and it was wonderful.

The night before that it was so warm out that SANDY and I set beside the fire pit and enjoy our drinks by the lake, under the stars, in harmony.