Yesterday I received the sketches, for cover and all, for my next book of poems. GILES LAROCHE, who previously illustrated two other Charlesbridge books with me — NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T and A PLACE TO START A FAMILY — has done another magnificent job.
I need to review and respond to a few questions from our editor, KAREN BOSS, by next Tuesday. Then it all goes back to Giles so he can start on the finished artwork. I’m delighted to reach this stage!
Publishers Weekly just announced my new book deal with Charlesbridge.
“KAREN BOSS at Charlesbridge has bought world rights to Wild Brunch: How Animals Eat What They Eat by David L. Harrison (l.) (Now You See Them, Now You Don’t), illustrated by Giles Laroche (A Place to Start a Family). This collection of poems and cut-paper illustrations investigates how animals find food and what they eat. Publication is slated for fall 2024; The author represented himself, and Studio Goodwin Sturges represented the illustrator.“
The new book will work with the first two titles — NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T and A PLACE TO START A FAMILY — to complete a trilogy. I’m delighted.
NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T received a Kirkus starred review, was chosen by Society of Midland Authors as Best Children’s Nonfiction Book published in 2016, selected by NCTE as a Notable Book of Children’s Poetry, and nominated for the first Red Poppy Award in Texas.
A PLACE TO START A FAMILY was selected by NSTA as an Outstanding Science Trade Book, chosen for Pennsylvania’s Young Reader’s Choice Awards Master List, was on the Bank Street Best Books of the Year List, and was named to the ILA Teachers’ Choice List.
Tomorrow at noon EST, Charlesbridge, spearheaded by Donna Spurlock, Director of Marketing, is hosting a virtual in-booth program dubbed NINE POETS AT NOON. I’m delighted to be one of the poets. The event is part of School Library Journal’s “Day of Dialog” conference, which also kicks off tomorrow (October 15) and will be available through December 15. For information about the free event, here’s the link. https://www.slj.com/?event=school-library-journal-day-of-dialog-fall
Each poet has five minutes and will stand by for questions and answers. I’ll present two poems, “Copperhead,” from NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T, and “The Spider,” from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. In each case I’ll read the poem, show slides, discuss how the poem was conceived and constructed, and suggest activities to challenge young students to write their own poems. Each poet will follow that general format so the program should be fun and informative. I hope you can be there and encourage others to join in.