What to do today?

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I submitted a proposal for a book that DAN BURR and I want to do. He and I haven’t worked together since I wrote and he illustrated PIRATES (2008) and COWBOYS (2012) for Boyds Mills Press.

PIRATES, especially, received recognition, including Kansas State Reading Circle, NCTE Notable Poetry Book, Nominated for Cybils Award, selected for VOYA’s Nonfiction Honor List, Texas Bluebonnet Master Reading List, Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Master Reading List, and selected to represent the state of Missouri at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C. I would love to get a new book in the works with Dan.

I also sent a proposal for a book with TIM RASINSKI. We’ve already done the work and leased rights to use it in schools in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Now we’re thinking we might see about getting it published instead of marketing it ourselves.

Also submitted a new story I wrote with JANE YOLEN to a publisher neither of us has worked with before. I need to start thinking about something else I might do for that house.

Jane and I haven’t done anything together since RUM PUM PUM (Holiday House, 2019), which I loved doing.

Also checked signals with KATE COSGROVE about a book we’re interested in doing together. THE DIRT BOOK continues to do well and we love working together.

I think today I’ll work a bit more on the idea to do with Kate. I need to move that one along enough that I can submit it somewhere.

Elsewhere, Tim Rasinski, LYNNE KULICH, and I continue to wait for the readers to report in about the proposal we submitted several weeks ago for a new education book.

LAURA ROBB, Tim Rasinski, and I expect to get a pub date anytime now for a book we’re just completing for Teacher Created Materials. I hope to see that one come out late this year.

Happy news for me

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I heard from Jane Heitman Healy some good news about one of my books, COWBOYS. Here’s part of her note:
Jane Heitman HealyDavid,
I thought you’d like to know that your book Cowboys has been recorded for blind and visually impaired citizens of South Dakota . . . I’m glad a new audience can now enjoy your work!

COWBOYS was on the South Dakota reading list for 2014-15, and now this. I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the link she sent. http://library.sd.gov/BTB/news/2015/Summer.aspx#South . Jane, my Stetson’s off to all who had a hand in making this decision.

Update on COWBOYS

Cowboys cover, 4-9-12

Hi everyone,

I was pleased to learn yesterday that COWBOYS has been selected for the South Dakota reading list for the 2014-15 Readers’ Choice books. Copies of the book will be made available in schools across the state so that kids can read titles on the list and vote next March for their favorites.

I’m flattered to have another book on a state reading list and grateful to the individuals who selected COWBOYS for the South Dakota list.

Anyone who is familiar with this book knows about Dan Burr’s wonderful artwork. Here’s a picture of Dan and me signing together when the book came out in 2012.David and Dan at TLA We were at the Texas Library Association conference. Our earlier collaboration, PIRATES, was on the Texas Bluebonnet list so we signed a lot of those too. The guy posing with us happened to wander by and got himself into the picture. Argg! Here’s an interior picture. I think you can tap on it and make the image large enough to read the poem.

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