Living alone together

Hi everyone,

Here’s the flight Jeff was on going back to Portland yesterday. Just surreal.
I had a lunch meeting set with two others to discuss a cancelled event where I was scheduled to speak. We’ve had to cancel the lunch because restaurants are only serving carryout. Instead we’ll meet at the home of one of the guys and he’ll prepare the meal.

Yesterday I received a rejection on one manuscript but also heard potentially fun news about AND THE BULLFROGS SING. More about that if and when it develops. Still waiting for the first reader reviews of AFTER DARK. I sent off a new proposal and started a new poem. Good week so far. I went into Walgreens to pick up a prescription and was met by a flow of people coming out with toilet paper. I guess a new supply had just gone on the shelves. I bought some too. What the heck. What I really needed was coffee. Forgot that.

Croaking about AND THE BULLFROGS SING

Hi everyone,

My picture book, AND THE BULLFROGS SING, which came out last year from Holiday House, has been selected as an honor book for the 2020 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award in the Beginning Non-Fiction category by the Children’s Services Division of the Maryland Library Association. The awards were announced yesterday during the Kids Are Customers conference at the Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.

According to the letter I received, “Your book’s selection was made by a committee of children’s librarians based on many criteria, including: overall child appeal; appropriateness of the text to support the needs of young readers; literary merit; quality of illustrations and how they support or extend the text; visual appeal; and the overall spirit of the book. Congratulations again, and thank you for your wonderful contribution to literature for young readers!”

Onward and upward!

David

Another nice review of AND THE BULLFROGS SING

Hi everyone,

As my latest title, AND THE BULLFROGS SING, continues the process of finding its way into the market place, any new (good) review is most welcome. That’s why I’m grateful to Youth Services Book Review for this one. https://ysbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/and-the-bullfrogs-sing-a-life-cycle-written-by-david-l-harrison-illustrated-by-kate-cosgrove/ The reviewer gives it a 4 rather than a 5 but the difference seems to be that she would have liked a glossary at the end of the book to define terms used in the book. I’m not sure what terms she might select but I had hoped that all was explained in the text so I chose to present addition frog facts and resources on the last page. It’s still a good review and I am delighted to receive it.

By the way, the wonderfully talented artist for this book, Kate Cosgrove, is receiving rave reviews for her work. Get acquainted with Kate’s work and you’ll become a fan too!

Book signing at Sundog Books

Hi everyone,

This morning, July 11, at 10:00 I’ll start signing books at Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida. If you’re in the area, I hope you can stop by. I’ll be signing my new title, AND THE BULLFROGS SING, but other books will be available, including A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. If you haven’t posted a review on Amazon of any of these books, it’s not too late. (:>