Out of books

Hi everyone,

I’m enjoying the American Association of School Librarians conference in Salt Lake City. Signed books today — The Dirt Book and I Want an Apple — and ran out of both. Tomorrow I co-present with Kate Coombs and look forward to that. It feels SO good to be in front of people again after all these weary months.

I got some poems for the Fairfax project roughed in on the flights out here and plan to sketch in two more on the way back.

2nd post

Hi everyone,

Yesterday we were on the road when Kathy Temean’s feature of my new book, I WANT AN APPLE, was posted on her incredible blog. You can see it at https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2021/10/17/book-giveaway-i-want-an-apple-how-my-body-works-by-david-l-harrison/

As always, Kathy’s features include the back story on how/when/why the book was published, plus information about the artist and how readers can get a chance for a free, signed copy of the book.

I hope you’ll click on over and leave a note. I appreciate Kathy for supporting my work as well as for the splendid job she did in creating and maintaining my blog.

A good week

Hi everyone,

A short week but a good one. We returned from Oregon on Tuesday after a great trip with Jeff and Jennifer that included Portland, Crater Lake, Sunriver, and Cannon Beach. Spectacular views, wonderful food, and loving company. Couldn’t ask for more or better.

I’m twenty work-days away from my Fairfax deadline and feel confident I can make it. A lot of things are going undone for now but it won’t be much longer before I can return to a more normal routine. This past week I agreed on terms for an old story of mine, “The Little Boy’s Secret,” to appear in a U.K. HarperCollins anthology for 7-year-olds. The story originally came out in THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES, co-published by American Heritage Press in the U.S.A. and Jonathan Caple in England in 1972.

I’m set for a virtual return on October 30 to The BookMark in Neptune Beach, Florida. This time I’m introducing the new book, I WANT AN APPLE. I look forward to it.

I began sketching notes for a video I promised to make as part of the Fairfax project. I need to make it before the end of November. Mary Jo Fresch, Laura Robb, Tim Rasinski, and I made plans to rehearse a 60-minute webinar for California Reading Conference that will be broadcast live on November 18.

Next week I speak at American Association of School Librarians at its national conference in Salt Lake City. Kate Coombs and I will discuss science/nature-based poetry for young people. Our presentation, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Connecting Young Readers to Nature,” will be moderated by award winning librarian Amanda Jones from Louisiana. I’ll speak on the subject in general but with emphasis on THE DIRT BOOK.

Time to get to work.

Birth date for I WANT AN APPLE

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to see my new title with Holiday House, I WANT AN APPLE, HOW MY BODY WORKS, officially become available today. My thanks to artist David Catrow for a stellar job illustrating the book and to my editor, Grace Maccarone, for guiding me through the 5-year process.

I have high hopes that this one will catch on for the young set that wants to know more about how the body works. Thanks for passing the news along. And of course reviews are always appreciated!