Speaking at AASL

Hi everyone,

I’ve been invited to speak on a science poetry panel called “Our Amazing World” at the 2021 American Association for School Librarians’ conference. I’m told that the publication of THE DIRT BOOK is part of the reason for the invitation Right now, AASL is scheduled to be in-person from Oct 21-23, 2021 in Salt Lake City.

Last year all conferences were cancelled or held in pieces online. I’m very happy for this opportunity to get back in front of a live audience. I don’t know yet the names of the other panelists but look forward to learning who they are.

If AASL is a conference you attend, I hope you’ll make a note to go hear the panel. If you know someone else who might might be interested, I hope you’ll share the information with them. When more details are released, I’ll let you know.

My Word of the Month poem for June

Hi everyone,

Here’s my offering for June inspired by the word, ON. This time I tried something a little different.

Comin’ On

‘Cause you’re bigger,

I guess you figure

I’m not comin’ on nonny non nonny non,

I’m not comin’ on nonny non, yeah!

I’m not comin’ on nonny non.

But I’m not foolin’, I’ll soon be rulin’.

Non nonny non nonny non.

‘Cause you’re older,

you think you’re bolder,

but I’m comin’ on nonny non nonny non,

I’m comin’ on nonny non, yeah!

I’m comin’ on nonny non.

I’m not foolin’, I’ll soon be rulin’.

Non nonny non nonny non.

‘Cause you’re taller,

you think I’m smaller,

but I’m comin’ on nonny non nonny non,

I’m comin’ on nonny non, yeah!

I’m comin’ on nonny non.

I’m not foolin’, I’ll soon be rulin’,

Non nonny non nonny non, yeah!

I’m comin’ on,

I’m comin’ on,

I’m comin’ on,

I’m comin’ on.

I’m not foolin’, I’ll soon be rulin’,

Non nonny non nonny non, yeah!

© 2021 David L. Harrison

Library visit this week

Hi everyone,

I’m excited! Last week I made my first live school visit in more than a year and this week I make my first live library visit. On Thursday I’ll be in Versailles, Missouri at the Morgan County Library as part of their summer reading program, and there’s a lot of variety to it.

I’ll be working with pre-kindergarten children, grades 1-5, and teens-adult. Between now and then I’ll be given a lot of thought about what to say/do with such a challenging range of participants!

I love it that invitations are beginning to come in again. I’m looking at some school visits in St. Louis in the fall and plan to look toward Kansas City as well. I need to shake off the cobwebs and get back to it.

New review of my book with Laura Robb

Hi everyone,

I’m glad and grateful for the positive review by Jennifer Wirtz of our book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, Graded 4-8, which was released last fall by Corwin Publishing. Here’s the link.

Review: Building reading fluency and comprehension among middle graders
https://www.middleweb.com/45290/using-guided-practice-with-hesitant-readers/

Laura and I created this book to help teachers work with students who are at least two grades behind in their reading level. My job was to write poems and texts to capture students’ interest at their intellectual/developmental level while using language accessible to them at their current reading level. Laura created wonderful plans and activities to encourage and reinforce efforts to reach for growth in reading. An earlier review included this: “One of the hardest parts of helping developing readers can be finding texts that support them.  In this compendium of intermediate and middle grade reading lessons, Laura and David suggest one great text after another, making offering readers the practice they need to become stronger, more proficient readers even easier!”

New books suffered when they were introduced during the thick of the pandemic, and ours came out last September. Corwin is essentially reintroducing the book now. All the more reason why we appreciate Jennifer’s review and hope for additional reviews to come. The Amazon ratings so far are all 5 stars so we’re encouraged to think we’ll continue to find more and more teachers who can put our book to use. If you are in a position to pass this along to teacher and/or administrator friends, we will be in your debt. Thank you.

More good news about The Dirt Book

Hi everyone,

I checked Amazon this morning and discovered that THE DIRT BOOK has now been listed as the #1 new release for the third time. First was habitat and ecology; 2nd was in zoology; this third #1 is in disease. I guess that figures. Dirt is…well…dirty. In any event, I’m thrilled to see the range of interest in the new title.