Poetry reading at Denver book store

Hi everyone,

Early this month LESLIE BULION and I recorded a video moderated by the store’s SOPHIE NOGAR, to be aired at a later date in Denver by the Second Star to the Right Books. That day was yesterday. I heard it go live and thought it went well. It was a pleasure to meet Leslie and partner with her on the presentation. She read from her book, SERENGETI, PLAINS OF GRASS, and I read from THE DIRT BOOK. After our readings, we talked about how we work and why we think poetry is important in the lives of young people. Here’s the video.

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.

Recording a book talk for Colorado book store

Hi everyone,

This morning I look forward to recording a poetry reading with a nature theme to be shared virtually later this month by the noted book store Second Star to the Right in Denver, Colorado. Poet LESLIE BULION and I will read from our work, talk about poetry, and perhaps respond to prepared questions from our host for the program, SOPHIE NOGAR.

I’ll read from THE DIRT BOOK and from other titles if time permits. I need to get out to Colorado before much longer.

Books to help you spring into nature

Hi everyone,

Kate Cosgrove just discovered a very nice writeup on March 29 about our book on the Children’s Literature Assembly blog. Three books are featured — WONDER WALKERS, written and illustrated by MICHA ARCHER; WHAT’S INSIDE A FLOWER, written and illustrated by RACHEL IGNOTOFSKY; and THE DIRT BOOK, written by DAVID L HARRISON and illustrated by KATE COSGROVE.

I’m grateful to the authors, KATHRYN WILL and RIVER LUSKY. Kathryn is an assistant profess of literacy at University of Maine Farmington and River is a grad student. Here’s the link. https://www.childrensliteratureassembly.org/blog.

The article begins, “As we emerge from a long winter with the lengthening of days to warm the earth, I am drawn to books that get us thinking about nature–the plant and animal life in the world. For this text set we chose three books that leverage nonfiction, poetry, and a picture book to develop content knowledge, build vocabulary, and encourage divergent thinking about the natural world. They invite readers to be curious about nature in both big and small ways. Teachers can easily deepen and extend the texts through a variety of activities, and we have created a few to get you started.”

Lifestyle on KY3

Hi everyone,

Before Christmas I did a brief spot with ALYSSA KELLY, Lifestyle Reporter on KY3’s program called “The Place,” hosted by MELANIE STEEN and MICHAEL GIBSON. Turned out it was recorded for a later airing, and I’m now told the time to see it is this morning at 11:30 a.m. CST.

For anyone interested, you can view it on Springfield’s NBC affiliate. I’ll speak briefly about THE DIRT BOOK and I WANT AN APPLE, HOW MY BODY WORKS.