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

Like Willy says, on the road again…

Hi everyone,

Has anyone seen a conference? I’m ready to go. NCTE in Baltimore this weekend will do just fine. Here’s part of my schedule on Saturday.

11:00 – 12:15
Inquiry through Poetry: The 2019 Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels, in Room 345.
This is the committee that presents the 2019 choices for Notable Books and introduces the upcoming list for next year. My book, CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, is on the upcoming list.
My role at this session is to present for 15 or 20 minutes on ways teachers can introduce poetry into the classroom. I’m trying to help drum up a crowd so tell anyone you know who will be attending the conference to come to Room 345 at 11:00.

12:30-2:30
Children’s Book Awards Luncheon. I don’t know how many authors will be recognized this year but the room is usually filled with tables for ten, each hosted by an author with a current and/or popular book, and sponsored by their publisher. This year Paul Janeczko will be honored posthumously. Earlier this year my book AND THE BULLFROGS SING was published by Holiday House but I’m being sponsored by Boyds Mills & Kane for CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. Some of the other authors I know about are Louise Borden, Rebecca Dotlich, Matt Forrest Esenwine, Nikki Grimes, Georgia Heard, Elizabeth Steinglass, and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. there will be many, many others.

2:30 – 3:00
I’ll be signing CRAWLY at the BMP/BMK booth, #831. Come by to say hello!

4:00 – 4:30
I’ll be around the Holiday House booth, #844. I’m not scheduled to sign there, but if they have copies of BULLFROG, I’ll be happy to personalize them for anyone who drops by while I’m there.

The rest of my time at the conference is scheduled with meetings and happy reunions. I’m eager to be there.