My night at the library

Hi everyone,

Here are some pictures taken the other night by Library Community Relations Director Kathleen O’Dell when I was giving my program. The charming young miss, Lilly Williams, did a beautiful job of reading with expression when she joined me in a two-voice poem.

Janine Clark-Barry, a frequent visitor here on my blog, was the perfect grump in a two-voice poem by that name. Way to go, Janine!

All in all, a fun night. Sandy was there but wound up minding the book sales and so was spared hearing me do my thing for the millionth time. Thank you, dear Sandy!These are my new friends, Brendan, Raanan, Isaac and Abigail Minnick.

And to Kathleen go big thanks for setting up the event, including it in the Library’s promotion listing of upcoming events (The Bookends), promoting the evening in numerous other ways, and extending her long day to introduce me and stay to the end. Thank you, Kathleen!

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Coming tonight?

BULLETIN: School Library Journal just published a review and classroom suggestions for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/david.l.harrison.14/posts/10212437989244320

      Hi everyone,

      If you live in the Springfield area, I’d love to see you at my program this evening at 7:00 at The Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Ave., 417-882-0714). Adults and children are invited to the free presentation. Barnes & Noble will provide several of my titles to sell outside the door and I’ll also have a drawing and give away four books.

      I’ll introduce three recent titles, discuss some of their back stories, read from each book, and respond to questions. Aspiring children’s writers are welcome to come and bring your questions. College students with an interest in children’s literature should find the event useful. Parents and grandparents, please come and feel welcome to bring the young folks in your family. Teachers and librarians, I’ll suggest ways in which these books can be helpful in your school and classrooms. I’ll try to provide something for everyone.

      Couple of samples:

      Horsefly Grade Card:
      Doesn’t Play Well with Others

      In my heart
      I know of course
      it isn’t nice
      to bite a horse.

      They’ve tried to teach me
      gentleness
      but after school
      as you can guess

      Even though
      I feel remorse
      I must go out
      and bite a horse.

      –(c) 2018 David L. Harrison
      from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS

      Ovenbird

      How do you hide
      your nest
      like that?
      Protect your chicks
      inside
      like that?
      How do you know
      to weave
      like that?
      With grass and hair
      and leaves
      like that?
      Make it round
      with twigs
      like that?
      On the ground
      or limb
      like that?
      We’re so glad
      you sing
      like that.
      And make the forest
      ring
      like that!

      –(c) 2018 David L. Harrison
      from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY

      Hope to see you there!

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.

Getting ready for Texas

Hi everyone,

Today I’m pulling the last of my thoughts together for next week’s TLA conference in Dallas. TLA is always a great conference. Boyds Mills is sponsoring me to mark the publication of CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS and I’ll also sign the new title, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY for Charlesbridge.

On Tuesday I’ll be part of a gang of poets in Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong’s pre-con workshop taking turns talking about selected subjects. I chose “Science through Poetry.”

On Wednesday I’ll join Sylvia, Janet, and others to speak about poetry related subjects. My topic is “Word of the Month Poetry Challenge.”

I’ll wind up on Thursday being a featured poet in another Sylvia classic: Poetry Roundup. I have 8-9 minutes to read some of my poems and I look forward to it. I enjoy hearing other poets read their work too.

Poetry Month at No Water River

BULLETIN: Sandy and I will be on Larry Freund’s KWTO W-FACTOR RADIO talk show this morning at 10:00 CST, 560 AM and 93.3 FM, to discuss books, education, and other topics that might come up. Join us if you can.

Hi everyone,

My pal Renee LaTulippe is up to doing good stuff again over at No Water River. Throughout the month of April she’ll feature a poet/poem/prompt each day. I hope you’ll make a note to check in with her each day throughout the month at
http://www.nowaterriver.com

Here’s a way to view the upcoming schedule. Sorry I’m making it a multi-step procedure. Not smart enough to do in one. Doc1

Renee, thanks in advance. It promises to be a great month at No Water River!