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.

The Dirt Book named to Bill Martin, Jr. List

Hi everyone,

Learned yesterday that THE DIRT BOOK has been chosen as one of ten finalists for the BILL MARTIN JR. Award. Thanks to KATE COSGROVE for putting together an announcement.

Children across Kansas will be reading THE DIRT BOOK through this next school year and the grand winner will be announced at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Got to love that dirt! For more information, here’s a link. https://www.emporia.edu/teachers-college/about-college/honors-awards/bmj-award-home/2023-nominees/

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.”

Made the Cybils list

Hi everyone,

I slept in today, a delicious and rare treat. After my second cup of coffee and the paper, I wandered into the office to check email and made a discovery that has made the last day of 2021 end on a high note! An old friend and colleague, LINDA BAIE, has been kind enough to nominate THE DIRT BOOK for the Cybils Award. It has been accepted and is now on the published list. Linda, you are so kind to do this. What a wonderful surprise. I’m glad my coffee cup wasn’t still full when I saw this news!

Here’s a link in case you’re curious. http://www.cybils.com/2021-nominations-poetry

The Dirt Book picked by NSTA

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that National Science Teachers Association has just published its list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2022, and THE DIRT BOOK is on the list.

Here’s how NSTA describes the list: NSTA, in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council, is pleased to announce the list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students. Representing the best science trade books published in 2021 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the books featured on the list include captivating stories, compelling characters, and beautiful illustrations.

I’m grateful (again) to KATE COSGROVE for her outstanding illustrations to make THE DIRT BOOK a winner, and to our editor, GRACE MACCARONE, for making sure we got it right.