Many of you have seen the list by now but I didn’t learn until yesterday that CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS is one of NCTE’s 2019 Notable Poetry Books for Children selections.
My other new title this year, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, made the NSTA 2019 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books so both books are off and running. I lOVE those lists!
Here we are winding down another year and my thoughts are already shifting toward 2019, to seeing old friends again when I speak at South Carolina ILA in February, greeting my lead article about poetry in the Winter issue of Missouri Reader, and holding the first copy of my 96th, due out in spring.
It’s exciting to look ahead, but there’s a risk in it too. I haven’t done an adequate job of promoting the two titles that came out this year and I don’t want to go off into 2019 and leave them behind! A PLACE TO START A FAMILY was recently named to the NSTA list of Outstanding Science Trade Books and CRAWLY SCHOOL was chosen to represent Missouri at the 2018 National Book Fair in Washington, D.C. so the new books are off to a promising start. The reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, etc. have all sung high praise for both titles, but so far neither one has received many online Amazon reviews from readers, and I need to look into that.
If you have read either or both books and haven’t posted your thoughts online, now would be a good time and I would appreciate it very much. Naturally you can order copies if you’re inclined to, but I’m assuming that at least a few who follow my blog already have purchased or checked out copies but have been too busy to think about giving the books a boost.
Here are two sample poems, one from each title:
European White Stork
When high on chimney top you nest,
Legend tells us those who dwell
Within this house are surely blessed.
How old your nest no one can tell,
You keep it in such good repair.
Your ancestors built it well.
Stick by stick they placed it there
Where now you cast your lucky spell
And raise your baby storks with care.
(c) 2018 David L. Harrison
from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY (Charlesbridge)
of a Praying Mantis
in the Lunchroom
treats . . .
I could catch them
But boy oh boy
(c) 2018 David L. Harrison
from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS (Boyds Mills Press)
Back from a few days at Table Rock Lake at Branson. The leaves were spectacular as well as the sunsets.
Now it’s back to work. I haven’t started anything new in a while so I’m eager to get back in the groove. Lots of loose ends need tying and I’m behind on correspondence. In the mail was a lovely note from a young miss who loves CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. She also offered some ideas of her own. That’s the best kind of fan letter.
Sorry to be a day late posting the word of the month for September. Yesterday was a big day for me and my online time was limited.
So for September let’s go with FRAME.
More as soon as I can. And thanks for all the good wishes about CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS at the National Book Fair! Also, my gratitude once again to Missouri Center for the Book for selecting my title and to Joanie and Doug Arth for being there to man the Missouri booth.