Talk about a great free ride

Hi everyone,

Recently I mentioned that Mary Jo Fresch (and I, honorarily) had an article accepted by The California Reader, which drew from the book we did together for Scholastic, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS. We are particularly pleased to see this new attention brought to the ideas in our book. I think it’s one of the best projects I’ve been involved in because it provides so much help for classroom teachers showing students how to approach writing and greatly improve their results.

I’m happy to say the article is out now in Volume 53, Number 3, Fall 2020, pp 26-30. The title is “Three Steps to Researching: Modeling the Works of Authors.”

Yesterday our editor notified us and said, “We have been receiving rave reviews about your article. I hope you are happy with the end result.” She also invited us to consider future articles, and we will. We even have a potential subject in mind inspired by our book coming out this fall with NCTE titled EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY: LEARNING HOW LANGUAGE WORKS.

Hey, Mary Jo, maybe on the next one I can be more than just a pretty face. (:>

The pleasures of a signing

  • Hi everyone,

    Yesterday at my Barnes & Noble signing:

    My thanks to Kathy McQueen for introducing me to her grandson. It was a highlight of the event.

    Writers Hall of Fame was having a Book Fair at the store, meaning that a percent of all purchases accompanied with a free coupon went to the organization for future writing scholarships to budding young writers.

    To do my part I signed copies of the three recent titles: 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS.

    As always, my thanks to Renee Hunt, Jim Troye, and everyone at Barnes & Noble for making my stay so enjoyable.

  • You’re invited

    Hi everyone,

    Tomorrow evening I’ll give a program at The Library Center in Springfield, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., 417-882-0714. Here are the particulars as they appear in the program.

    Crawly School for Bugs… An Evening with David Harrison
    Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m. for all ages in the auditorium. Children’s award-winning author and poet David Harrison, of Springfield, introduces three of his latest books including a unique school where insects go to learn their trades. Enjoy readings, a discussion about writing for children and a Q&A — useful for anyone interested in children’s literature and how it’s created. Children are welcome; David will ask for volunteers to help read some poems. Stay for drawings for four free autographed books.

    The other two books I’ll discuss are A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS.
    Thanks to Barnes & Noble for providing several of my titles, including the three new ones, for sale in the lobby.

    Another chance to win a signed book

    Hi everyone,

    My thanks today to Darlene Beck-Jacobson for featuring my new book with Mary Jo Fresch, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING, on her blog at
    There's also a free book involved so check it out if you're interested.

    Darlene, many thanks!