Putting the pieces back together

Hi everyone,

This week I’ve be notified that two of my cancelled events have been re-set for next year and I’m invited to participate in both — the Unbound Book Festival in April and River Read Children’s Literacy Festival in October 2021. ZOOM visits are on an upswing. I’ve agreed to three in the last couple of days: one for a library, one for a school, and one for a book store. Two of those events are in Missouri and one is in Florida. I’ve also been added as a co-presenter at National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) in Colorado in November. I look forward to hearing from others who had to cancel events this year as they look toward the future and make plans for later this year and throughout the next. I’m ready when they are. And aren’t we all!

Been there and done that

Hi everyone,
Good day yesterday. Here’s the crowd settling in for the Children’s Book Awards Luncheon.

Last night I enjoyed the Scholastic reception and dinner.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Notable Poetry Books panel presentation and my part in talking about ways to get more poetry into the classroom. All in all, I gave this one a high score. Now it’s homeward bound.

Getting set

Hi everyone,

Had a good first day at NCTE yesterday. Today is the really busy one. I’ll carry my schedule with me at all times!

Yesterday I also got word that my panel proposal for ALA next year was not accepted. They liked it and even suggested I might consider publishing the material from panel members in a professional journal. Might happen but probably won’t. All I really hoped to do was present at ALA. That goes in the “Oh Well” file. Can’t win them all.

Here’s to you, friends. Onward and upward!

Show time

Hi everyone,

Thank you for helping me decide which poem or poems from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS I’ll read during my presentation. Using a scale where 1st choice = 3 points, 2nd = 2, and 3rd = 1, “Termites” totaled 15 points, “Horsefly” got 13, and “Camouflage” came in with 7 points. I’ll also partner/read a couple of poems from PARTNER POEMS (co-authored with Tim Rasinski) and speak from four PowerPoint slides, so I’ll need to move right along to get it all done in 15-20 minutes.

My schedule filled to the brim as opportunities came along to meet with friends and editors, attend social events, and present. Here’s what it looks like. I’ve removed names.

Friday, November 22
11:39 a.m.: Arrive on Delta at Baltimore airport
12:00 – 1:30: Lunch with poets at Cosi’s Restaurant
1:30 – 2:00: Librarian, at Cosi’s Restaurant
4:00 – :Holiday Inn Inner Harbor – Downtown Baltimore
5:45 – 7:00: Publisher’s party at 135 East Baltimore Street
6:30 – 8:30: Publisher’s dinner at Chiapparelli’s

Saturday, November 23
8:30 – 9:30: Breakfast with editors
10:00 – 10:45: Coffee with editor
11:00 – 12:15: Inquiry through Poetry: The 2019 Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels, Room 345,
My talk: Poetry Warm-Ups with David L. Harrison (15-20’)
12:30-2:30: Children’s Book Awards Luncheon
2:30 – 3:00: Sign at BMP/BMK, #831
3:00 – 3:30: Editor at NCTE book store
3:30 – 4:00: Friend
4:00 – 4:30: Holiday House booth, #844
4:30 – 5:15: Group of poets at Hilton bar
6:45 – 7:10: Publisher dinner reception
7:15 – 9:00: Publisher dinner

Sunday, November 24
9:00: Delta flight departure

Away we go!

Choosing which poems to read

Hi everyone,

At the Notable Poetry Books panel presentation on Saturday I’ll have time to talk about ways teachers can put poetry to work in the classroom and then read one or two poems from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. I’ve been trying to decide on which poems to choose. I’m looking at these three. Help me rank them.

Camouflage Class

Today in class
our teacher said
to change colors,
blend,
play dead,
stay so still
we disappear.

One kid went
too far
we fear.

He’s gone
without
a trace
behind him.

We’ve called
and looked,
but we can’t
find him.

(c) 2018 David L. Harrison, all rights reserved

Horsefly Grade Card:
Doesn’t Play Well with Others

In my heart
I know, of course,
it isn’t nice
to bite a horse.

They’ve tried to teach me
gentleness,
but after school,
as you can guess,

Even thought
I feel remorse,
I must go out
and bite a horse.

(c) 2018 David L. Harrison, all rights reserved

What’s Left of Termite Class

Today at school
we ate some snacks —
pointers, posters,
pictures, plaques,
pansy petals,
ballpoint pens,
puppet piggies,
play-dough hens,
purple plastic
pansy pots,
pencils, paste,
and paper dots —

We ate the walls
and foundation,
hungry for more
alliteration.

(c) 2018 David L. Harrison, all rights reserved