BULLETIN: If you’re interested in the chance to win a copy of CRAWLY, check Kathy Temean’s blog. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/book-giveaway-crawly-school-for-bugs-by-david-l-harrison/#comment-87629
My latest title, CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, is off and running/leaping/flying/creeping. Reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly have all been strong. Although I’m still waiting to see a reader review on Amazon, ratings have listed it at least twice among the top 100 humorous poetry books on the market.
So far kids who have heard me read poems from the book especially like “Our School Nurse,” “Stink Bug Class,” and “Horse Fly Grade Card.” My thanks again to artist Julie Bayless for bringing so much humorous detail to her wonderful pictures. Her bugs wearing backpacks are delightful. Way to go, Julie!
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.
Yesterday Sandy and I had a good time on Larry Freund’s show along with co-host David Eslick.
Our thanks to Larry for inviting us. Sandy fielded questions about her years as a high school counselor and how much she enjoyed working with students, teachers, and parents. She also responded to questions about our gift store, Gamble’s Gifts, and talked about our most important lines, including Waterford Crystal, Lladro, Vietri, Thymes, and gurgle pots, as well as the hard work of going to markets year after year to seek new trends and products to keep customers coming back. She doesn’t know how many markets she has attended but in the thirty-three years we’ve owned the store she estimates the number at over seventy markets in Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City, and Las Vegas.
One point Sandy made was that the store is open even though the entire shopping center is under dramatic renovation and gives the appearance that no one could possibly be conducting business under such circumstances. Here’s what we’re dealing with these days, and will be for another several months.
During my parts, I mostly talked about books and literacy and my new releases. I even had a chance to read a poem from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and two from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS.
Again, our thanks to Larry and David.
The Warrensburg Children’s Literature Festival lived up to its usual high standards. This marked the 50th anniversary of the event started by teacher Phil Sadler and librarian Ophelia Gilbert and the tradition goes on with more than 4,000 kids there this year. My appreciation to festival director Maya Kucij for including me again.
Yesterday was the official pub date for CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS so it was fun telling the kids and reading some poems from the book to them. One of their favorites was the school motto:
are always cool.
the Golden Rule.
Crawly! Crawly! Crawly!
(c) by David L. Harrison
from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS
I was also pleased that another new book, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, sold out on the first day.
I just read a nice article in 417 SPRINGFIELD MAGAZINE about three of my books: one just out, one coming soon, and one in the future. Here’s a link for anyone interested. https://www.417mag.com/issues/march-2018/david-harrisons-i-want-an-apple
Also received pleasant news about this 1/2 page ad, which will appear in March issues of School Library Journal and Booklist. Congratulations to Lee Bennett Hopkins on his newest anthology. I look forward to reading it.