Living alone together

Hi everyone,

Here’s the flight Jeff was on going back to Portland yesterday. Just surreal.
I had a lunch meeting set with two others to discuss a cancelled event where I was scheduled to speak. We’ve had to cancel the lunch because restaurants are only serving carryout. Instead we’ll meet at the home of one of the guys and he’ll prepare the meal.

Yesterday I received a rejection on one manuscript but also heard potentially fun news about AND THE BULLFROGS SING. More about that if and when it develops. Still waiting for the first reader reviews of AFTER DARK. I sent off a new proposal and started a new poem. Good week so far. I went into Walgreens to pick up a prescription and was met by a flow of people coming out with toilet paper. I guess a new supply had just gone on the shelves. I bought some too. What the heck. What I really needed was coffee. Forgot that.

Croaking about AND THE BULLFROGS SING

Hi everyone,

My picture book, AND THE BULLFROGS SING, which came out last year from Holiday House, has been selected as an honor book for the 2020 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award in the Beginning Non-Fiction category by the Children’s Services Division of the Maryland Library Association. The awards were announced yesterday during the Kids Are Customers conference at the Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.

According to the letter I received, “Your book’s selection was made by a committee of children’s librarians based on many criteria, including: overall child appeal; appropriateness of the text to support the needs of young readers; literary merit; quality of illustrations and how they support or extend the text; visual appeal; and the overall spirit of the book. Congratulations again, and thank you for your wonderful contribution to literature for young readers!”

Onward and upward!

David

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.

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!