Why should your child write poetry?

Hi everyone,

Today I’m pleased to see “Why Should Your Child Write Poetry?” a brief post I wrote for The Springfield-Greene County Library District go up on their blog. https://thelibrary.org/kids/blogs/article.cfm?aid=6560 It’s part of a build up for next week’s Summer Reading virtual program. I’m doing sessions on June 2 and 3. I’ve used some of the same techniques in other workshops, with adults as well as children. I’m hoping that some of the parents or older siblings who sign up for the free one next week will also find themselves writing poems along with their littles. I hope to see you there!

Couple of things

Hi everyone,

Monday I posted that over the previous weekend three education book proposals began taking shape. Yesterday the first of the three was fleshed out and submitted. Not a word of the book has been written yet so if we are accepted I’m going to have a lot of work coming up. One or both of the other two may not be finalized until January but suddenly January isn’t so far off.

Speaking of January, at 11:00 a.m. CST on the 9th, Jane Yolen and I are scheduled for a Zoom presentation hosted by The Library Center in Springfield. We’ll be talking about RUM PUM PUM and I look forward to it. I’ll also talk about AFTER DARK. More detail about that one soon. I hope you’ll be able to join us for the occasion.

Coming tonight?

BULLETIN: School Library Journal just published a review and classroom suggestions for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/david.l.harrison.14/posts/10212437989244320

      Hi everyone,

      If you live in the Springfield area, I’d love to see you at my program this evening at 7:00 at The Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Ave., 417-882-0714). Adults and children are invited to the free presentation. Barnes & Noble will provide several of my titles to sell outside the door and I’ll also have a drawing and give away four books.

      I’ll introduce three recent titles, discuss some of their back stories, read from each book, and respond to questions. Aspiring children’s writers are welcome to come and bring your questions. College students with an interest in children’s literature should find the event useful. Parents and grandparents, please come and feel welcome to bring the young folks in your family. Teachers and librarians, I’ll suggest ways in which these books can be helpful in your school and classrooms. I’ll try to provide something for everyone.

      Couple of samples:

      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
      but after school
      as you can guess

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

      –(c) 2018 David L. Harrison


      How do you hide
      your nest
      like that?
      Protect your chicks
      like that?
      How do you know
      to weave
      like that?
      With grass and hair
      and leaves
      like that?
      Make it round
      with twigs
      like that?
      On the ground
      or limb
      like that?
      We’re so glad
      you sing
      like that.
      And make the forest
      like that!

      –(c) 2018 David L. Harrison

      Hope to see you there!

Happy Poetry Month

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the good wishes yesterday. Our event went well and I think the kids who came with parents and grandparents had a fine time. Some brought their own poems and others preferred to read poems from my book. Kathleen O’Dell was everywhere doing everything to make it all happen smoothly (including taking pictures and video) and Melinda Arnold came with two staff members and a volunteer from Dickerson Park Zoo to wow the audience with a milk snake, a corn snake, two screech owls, and a hawk. It was a beautiful way to spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in spring and I’m grateful to everyone who came to join the fun!

Here’s my display for National Poetry Month. It’s in a case in the entrance hallway at The Library Center. I hope you’ll stop to see it if you’re there this month.

Today’s 3:00 event

Hi everyone,
Wish me luck. This afternoon at 3:00 I’ll welcome the audience and begin the program. I’ll introduce the star of the show — my new poetry collection (NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T) by explaining the strange sequence of events that inspired the project.

I’m eager to see what happens next. Friends and staff from Springfield’s Dickerson Park Zoo will come with selected creatures that use natural camouflage. That’s sure to be a hit with everyone.

This will set the stage for kids in the audience to come up and help me read a few poems. I hope that some of the students will bring poems of their own, or pictures they’ve colored based on the theme.

Please come out to join us if you can. It should be a good afternoon. It’s free and The Library Center on South Campbell is roomy and accommodating. The new book and a few others of mine will be available to purchase and I’ll be happy to sign. And my new poetry display is now up directly across the hall from the auditorium.