Updates on two books

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I finished reviewing and making final tweaks to a new collection of poems with Holiday House wonderfully illustrated by Kate Cosgrove and headed for a 2021 publication. I’m not at liberty to show pictures, provide samples of the poems, or provide the title of the book, but I’ll follow up with more information one of these days when I can. Kate illustrated AND THE BULLFROGS SING so you may remember her beautiful work on that one.

I also received promotional material for GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, co-authored with Laura Robb and due out with Corwin September 8, 2020. Once I figure out how to post a pdf to my blog, I’ll share some of that material. You’ve already seen the cover but here it is again.

First look at next book

Hi everyone,
To my delight my editor at Holiday House has shared the sketches for my next book of poetry, scheduled for spring 2021. For now I’m asked to not discuss it but I can say I’m happy to be working again with Kate Cosgrove, the artist who did AND THE BULLFROGS SING.

I was especially happy to be partnering again with the talented Kate after reading a reader comment a week or so ago about the frog book:
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2020
Format: Hardcover
“My 3 year old son received this book as a gift. He has been picking it to read every night before bed. He loves leaning in close to look at the beautiful and whimsical illustrations and helping to make the “ruuuuuum ruuuuuum ruuuuum” sounds. I hope there is more to come from this team in the children’s biological genre!”

No worries, dear reader. More is on the way!

The waiting game

Hi everyone,

This week I got a positive response to a new manuscript so now I wait for a final decision after it goes to committee. Of course there’s a big difference between a good response and a contract offer, but a submission rarely goes to committee unless the editor likes it. In the meantime I have plenty to do while I wait.

Tomorrow Kate Cosgrove, who illustrated AND THE BULLFROGS SING, will give a book talk about our title at Schuler Books and Music in Okemos, Michigan. Wish I could be there to hear her. If you haven’t seen the book, which came out in May, I hope you’ll find a copy soon. After a new book is released it’s hard to keep the initial buzz going without boring friends half to death.

Here’s what Schuler says about Kate.

Kate Cosgrove is an illustrator and artist from Michigan. She received a BFA with honors from Michigan State University. Kate’s illustrations have been published in all kinds of print and web media. She has exhibited in galleries and online, with collectors across the United States, Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, France and Switzerland. Cosgrove illustrated ‘Family Album,’ a children’s album by the hit rock band The Verve Pipe. In 2011 she was awarded an Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for her child-friendly art show “Animal ArtVenture,” hosted by the Lansing Art Gallery.

She says of her art, “I was born into a family where everyone makes something: art, music, food, clothing, noise, a mess… I found I like to make messes and art at a very early age. I expect to keep doing both until I draw my last breath. I’m a lucky girl.”

And the Bullfrogs Sing: A Life Cycle Begins Cover Image
And the Bullfrogs Sing: A Life Cycle Begins (Hardcover)
By David L. Harrison, Kate Cosgrove (Illustrator)$17.99
ISBN: 9780823438341
Published: Holiday House – May 21st, 2019
Available through Schuler and Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823438341?pf_rd_p=183f5289-9dc0-416f-942e-e8f213ef368b&pf_rd_r=8XZ36A5E82SDM6TBCZ1B

We have a storm heading this way tonight. Hoping for good luck.

The gift of Rob Shepperson

Hi everyone,

I’ve been blessed with the chance to work with a number of wonderful artists over the years such as Dan Burr, Betsy Lewin, Rob Shepperson, Kate Cosgrove, Julie Bayless, and numerous others. Rob Shepperson was my partner on two books: BUGS, POEMS ABOUT CREEPING THINGS and VACATION, WE’RE GOING TO THE OCEAN.
One reason it’s fun to work with Rob is that his sense of humor comes through in one drawing after another, each time taking my words and adding something more, something for the reader to smile or giggle over.

BUGS even made it onto the stage of a youth concert orchestra performance in Philadelphia when the evening was dedicated to bugs and poems were read from the book during the performance. In addition to his work on books, Rob’s witty art has appeared in major publications for years. I hope very much to work on another project with Rob one of these days.

But there’s still more to Shepperson’s work than his humorous drawings. He’s an artist with great range and from time to time he makes some of his paintings available on his website. He’s currently offering some discounts on selected pieces of his work, which you can find here: https://www.robshepperson.studio/paintings I can’t show you his work on my blog but you can click on his site and see for yourself. The holidays are coming up.

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!