What I’ve been up to

David reading with Noah Lawson

David reading with Noah Lawson

Hi everyone,

The original point in having a website created was to promote my work, make it easier for people to find me and/or learn more about me. Since that day in May, 2009 when webmaster Kathy Temean handed over the keys to my brand new website, I’ve spent far more time and effort on my blog than on the website. A blog, after all, is a living breathing invention that keeps folks involved and encourages online relationships among writers, teachers, librarians, parents, and others who are interested in literature for young people.

I decided to go back over my activities during the past 5 1/2 years since my website opened for business to see what I’ve been up to since then. The project became a far bigger task than I’d imagined and I know I’ve missed information here and there, but for what it’s worth here’s an update that attempts to put in one place how I’ve spent my time since May 2009.

Harrison activity since website was established in May, 2009

Books under contract
• 2 books of poetry
• 3 books for teachers
• 2 out of print books coming back in digital format

Books published
• A Perfect Home for a Family; Holiday House, 2013
• Let’s Write This Week with David Harrison; (Harrison & Edmondson), Learning Resources, 2013
• Learning through Poetry: Consonants; (Fresch & Harrison), Shell Education, 2013
• Learning through Poetry: Consonant Blends and Digraphs; (Fresch & Harrison), Shell Education, 2013
• Learning through Poetry: Rimes; (Fresch & Harrison), Shell Education, 2013
• Learning through Poetry: Short Vowels; (Fresch & Harrison), Shell Education, 2013
• Learning through Poetry: Long Vowels; (Fresch & Harrison), Shell Education, 2013
• Cowboys, Voices in the Western Wind; Wordsong, 2011
• Goose Lake; digital book, self published, 2011
• A Monster is Coming; Random House, 2001
• Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones; Boyds Mills Press, 2010
• Vacation, We’re Going to the Ocean; Wordsong, 2009
• Partner Poems for Building Fluency; (Rasinski, Harrison, & Fawcett), Scholastic, 2009

Selected Appearances in Anthologies
• 2014 file incomplete
• The Writing Thief, Ruth Culham (Harrison among the featured writers), International Reading Association, 2014
• Children’s Literature in the Reading Program, 4th edition; edited by Deborah Wooten; poetry chapter by Harrison; International Reading Association; tentative pub date, 2014
• Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! (from Pirates by Harrison); Sourcebooks, 2013
• Poetry Lessons to Meet the Common Core Standards; edited by Georgia Heard, (from Farmer’s Garden, Harrison); Scholastic Teaching Resources, 2013.
• Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (2013); Edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell; (He Was So Little and In the School Band, Harrison); Pomelo Books, 2013
• National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry; edited by J. Patrick Lewis; (What’s That! by Harrison); National Geographic, 2012
• Poetry Mentor Texts, by Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli with Georgia Heard, (Rhymes for Two Voices, by Harrison); Stenhouse Publishers, 2012
• Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac ; by Anita Silvey; (from Paul Bunyan, My Story, by Harrison); Roaring Brook Press, 2012
• Phonics & Fluency Practice with Poetry e-book; Rasinski, Rupley, and Nichols; (Old McDonald Had a Farm Parody, by Harrison; Scholastic Teaching Resources, 2012
• And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems; edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer; (And the Crowd Goes Wild, by Harrison; Friesen Press, 2012
2011 File still incomplete
• Teaching Middle School Writers; by Laura Robb; (from Connecting Dots, by Harrison); Heinemann, 2010
• Traits of Writing, by Ruth Culham; (The Sound of a Sentence, by Harrison); Scholastic, 2010
• Essentials of Children’s Literature, 7th Edition, by Carol Lynch-Brown, Carl M. Tomlinson, and Kathy G. Short; (from My Book! by Harrison); Pearson, 2010
• Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life; by Gladys Hunt; (from Book of Giant Stories, by Harrison); Zondervan, 2010
• Falling Down the Page; by Georgia Heard; (Frog Chorus, by Harrison); Roaring Brook Press, 2009
• Every Child a Reader; by Helene Coffin; (My Book! by Harrison); Scholastic, 2009.
• I Can Write Like That!: A Guide to Mentor Texts: Craft Studies for Writers’ Workshop, K-6; by Susan Ehmann and Kellyann Gayer; (from Rhymes for Two Voices, by Harrison); International Reading Association, 2009
• Children’s Literature in the Reading Program, 3rd edition; edited by Deborah Wooten and Bernice Cullinan; (poetry chapter by Harrison); International Reading Association, 2009

• 26 Writers at Work pieces over 1,000 words alternating with Sandy Asher, 2010-1014
• 2 essays for poetry books or journals, 2013, 2014

Posts on my blog
• 1,514

Poems published on my blog
• 61 (one each month since October, 2009)

Recognitions for books

bugs, poems about creeping things
• Featured (cover on overhead screen, poems read on stage) in the Dayton, Ohio Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Dayton Ballet II concert: BUGS!!, 2014
Cave Detectives
• Placed in a 100-year time capsule as part of the Centennial Celebration of Springfield, MO park system, 2013
Cowboys, Voices in the Western Wind
• Nominated for Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2012
• Nominated for Cybils Award, 2012
• Nominated for Spur Award, 2012
• South Dakota Children’s Book Awards reading list for 2014-15
Dylan the Eagle-Hearted Chicken
• Selected for Zaner-Bloser’s Voices Reading program, 2010
Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones
• Nominated for the Society for American Archaeology’s 2010 Book of the Year for “a book that is written for the general public and presents the results of archaeological research to a broader audience”
• Recommended by National Science Teachers Association, 2011
• Kansas State Reading Circle List, 2009
• NCTE Notable Poetry Books, 2009
• Nominated for Cybils Award, the Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers Literary Awards
• VOYA’s Nonfiction Honor List, 2009
• Texas Bluebonnet Master Reading List, 2010-2011
• Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Master Reading List, 2011-2012
• Selected by Missouri Center for the Book to represent Missouri at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C., 2013
Rivers, Nature’s Wondrous Waterways
• Selected as the featured book for StoryWalk, which runs along Van der Donck Park in downtown, Yonkers, to celebrate this new park and teach families about the importance of the Saw Mill River as a tributary to the Hudson River Estuary, 2014.

• David Harrison Elementary School named and opened in Springfield, Missouri, 2009.
• The poem “My Book” painted on the public library system’s new bookmobile in Pueblo, Colorado, 2010.
• Missouri Center for the Book reception and display of all my work, in The James C. Kirkpatrick Library at University of Central Missouri to celebrate the selection of Pirates to represent Missouri at the 2013 National Book Fair in Washington, D.C., 2013.
• David Harrison Day (April 2) proclaimed by Springfield, Missouri city council, 2014.
• David Harrison Exhibit, featuring reception and major display of my work, Meyer Library on Missouri State University campus, 2014.
• Pioneer in Education award “for distinguished and devoted service to public education” presented by Missouri DESE and Missouri State Board of Education at the Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators, 2014.
• One of five finalists for the Paul Morris Award, a statewide honor given by Missouri School Board Association, 2014.
• Interviewed for the Meyer Library archival collection called Ozarks Voices, 2014.
Conferences, Workshops, Lit Fests, etc.

• Picture book mentor for Missouri SCBWI, 2014
• Honesdale, PA; poetry workshop; leader, 2014
• Warrensburg, MO; Children’s Literature Festival, 2014
• Lake of the Ozarks, MO; Conference on the Young Years; keynote speaker, 2014
• Denver, CO; CCIRA; present and sign books, 2014
• NCTE; Las Vegas, NA; present and sign books, 2013
• Honesdale, PA; poetry workshop; leader, 2013
• Hollister, MO; College of the Ozarks Children’s Literature Festival, keynote speaker, 2013
• IRA; San Antonio; present, introduce new books, and sign, 2013
• Warrensburg, MO; Children’s Literature Festival, 2013
• Huntington Beach, CA; Leadership Summit; invited guest, 2013
• St. Charles, MO; keynote MO SCBWI state conference, 2012
• Honesdale, PA; poetry workshop co-leader, 2012
• IRA; Chicago; symposium presenter, 2012
• TLA; Houston, TX; introduce Cowboys, 2012
• Huntington Beach, CA; Leadership Summit; invited guest, 2012
• NCTE, Chicago, IL; presenter, 2011
• Book Festival; Rochester, NY; participant and speaker, 2011
• Honesdale, PA; poetry workshop leader, 2011
• IRA, Orlando, FL; presenter, 2011
• NCTE, Orlando, FL; presenter, 2010
• MLA, Lake of the Ozarks, MO; banquet speaker, 2010
• NJ SCBWI, Princeton, NJ; keynote and workshop, 2010
• CCIRA, Denver, CO; featured author, 2010
• Missouri Literary Festival, Springfield, MO; featured poet, 2009
• Pie in the Sky Literacy Conference, Springfield MO; presenter, 2009
• ALA, Chicago, IL; poetry panel, 2009
• Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Indianapolis, IN; keynote speaker, 2009

Boards and Posts
• Poet Laureate of Drury University
• Writers Hall of Fame of Missouri (Inductee and board member)
• Family Voices (records parents reading to their children under 5), chair
• Reading Roundup (raises funds for school librarian grants), former chair
• Imagination Library (raises funds to provide free books for children under 5), chair
• Community Project (brings children and community together to define and demonstrate what community means to them; founder and board member)
• Highlights Foundation, board member