And the winner is Kate Cosgrove!

Hi everyone,

My congratulations to Kate Cosgrove, the gifted artist who illustrated THE DIRT BOOK. Many of you saw yesterday that Kate’s artwork for our book has been chosen by a jury for inclusion in this year’s 2021 Original Art Show in New York City. Here’s more about the exhibit and why it’s such an honor for Kate. Here’s some information from the website.

The premier showcase for illustrators and animators, the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition features over 400 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout each year. Open to artists worldwide, thousands of entries are considered by a jury of professionals, which include renowned illustrators, art directors and designers. The Original Art is an annual exhibit created to showcase illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the U.S. For editors and art directors, it’s an inspiration and a treasure trove of talent to draw upon. For art students, it’s a marvelous opportunity to examine—up close—the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it’s a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children’s books and to see the printed pages alongside the original paintings, drawings, prints, and collages they represent.

Way to go, Kate! First we did AND THE BULLFROGS SING.

Now, THE DIRT BOOK.

Who knows what might wait for us down the road. I’m proud to be your partner. 

The Word of the Month word for August

Hi everyone

Kaye Cosgrove and I enjoyed our virtual visit yesterday morning to The BookMark in Neptune, Florida. I hope sometime to get over that way to meet Rona Brinlee and the gang in person. The picture is in a different place (SunDog Books in Seaside, Florida) and a different book (AND THE BULLFROGS SING, but also illustrated by Kate), but it’s hard to take a picture when you’re doing a virtual visit. If it helps any, yesterday I wore the same shirt and shorts.

Time to put away your “poem” poems and write your “weed” poems. I’ve been looking back through the records and it appears that we’ve never used that word before.

So off we go. Let’s see your weedy best!

Kathy Temean features THE DIRT BOOK

Hi everyone,

I’m grateful to Kathy Temean for featuring THE DIRT BOOK on her blog today. Here’s the link.https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2021/05/25/book-giveaway-the-dirt-book-by-david-l-harrison/#comment-122397 Give it a look and get a chance to win a free copy. The book will start shipping on June 8.

Kate Cosgrove illustrated THE DIRT BOOK beautifully, just as she did on AND THE BULLFROGS SING. Kate, it’s good so see you on Kathy’s feature today. I want to say again how much I love your work and hope we get a chance to partner again one of these days soon.

The Dirt Book is posted on Amazon

Hi everyone,

It’s a long time till June, 2021, but I’m happy to see that Holiday House has already posted my next book for preordering.
Here’s the Table of Contents–Dirt Recipe At the Roots of Things, Doodlebug: One Way Ride, Trap Door Spider: The Waiting Game, Earthworm: Dirty Work, Ant: City Builder, Grub: Grass Killer, Mouse: Nightfall Calls, Bumblebee: Planning for Spring, Yellow Jacket Wasp: Warning! Warning! Warning!, Mole: Worm Search, Toad: Bedtime, Chipmunk: Busy, Busy, Busy!, Gopher Tortoise: The Innkeeper, And Now We Know, Author Notes. This is David L. Harrison and Kate Cosgrove’s second nature book together after AND THE BULLFROGS SING. This book has been vetted by an expert. It includes back matter and a bibliography.

BULLFROGS in paperback

Hi everyone,

Home again after three weeks in Santa Rosa Beach. Great new memories with Jeff, Jennifer, Robin, Tim, and Kris. Today it’s back to the regular routine and getting caught up on mail, which he put on hold while we were gone.

One of the items I’ve been eager to open was the box of paperback editions of AND THE BULLFROGS SING, which arrived right after we left. I saw it delivered via my front door camera so I knew it was here.

I sat down to admire once again the beautiful illustrations by Kate Cosgrove. This book was chosen by the Maryland Library Association as an Honor Book for beginning nonfiction in the 2020 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award voting. I’m so pleased to see it now made available by Holiday House in paperback for $8.99 to make it more affordable for a wider audience.