Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 30, 2019

Book Giveaway: AND THE BULLFROGS SING by David Harrison

Author David L. Harrison has a new picture book titled, AND THE BULLFROGS SING: A LIFE CYCLE. Illustrated by Kate Cosgrove. David has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping David and Kate!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Rumm . . . rumm . . . rumm. A male bullfrog sings. A female bullfrog likes his song. And a life cycle begins. 

Eggs hatch and become tadpoles. The tadpoles nibble plants. They grow legs and start to breathe. Now they are little bullfrogs. They eat flies, fish, and spiders. In the winter they hibernate. And after three years, they are adult bullfrogs. Rumm . . . rumm . . . rumm.

Lyrical prose and elegant art depict the life cycle of a bullfrog in this nonfiction picture book by an award-winning poet-biologist.

BOOK JOURNEY:

Since 1970 I’ve made dozens of trips to see editors in New York City, Chicago, or San Francisco. Many of my books have originated in editors’ offices as we discuss what I do and what they’re looking for. One book (The Book of Giant Stories) went on to win a Christopher Medal; another (Wake Up, Sun!) is now in its 73rd printing. I’m currently planning my next trek to NYC sometime this spring.

This latest book, And the Bullfrogs Sing, began the same way. I sat across the desk from an editor who is also an old friend with whom I’ve done a number of books, and during the course of our talking the life cycle of frogs came up. After returning to Springfield I started researching the idea. When the manuscript was finished, I sent it off to my editor for her reaction.

She liked it a lot. It was right on target and she was ready to offer a contract but first had to present it in committee – that grand tar pit of good intentions, broken promises, and near misses. After weeks of waiting, the big day came, followed by the disappointment that a new editorial director had turned my frogs down. Kerplop.

Nothing to do but try a second editor. I sent my froggies off to Holiday House and they were accepted at once. Grace Maccarone, my wonderful editor there, had a spot for such a manuscript. In addition to my own careful work, the manuscript was thoroughly vetted by experts in the study of bullfrogs. Grace chose Kate Cosgrove for the art. I hadn’t known Kate’s work but am now a fan. She did a great job of bringing alive the life cycle of bullfrogs to young readers. I’m delighted that we were paired for this project.

My last science-based book, A Place to Start a Family, was selected by NSTA as an Outstanding Science Trade Book. It was also chosen to be a K-3 2019-20 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Title. I’m hoping that science teachers, librarians, and others interested in nature will like And the Bullfrogs Sing in the same way.

DAVID’S BIO:

David Harrison has published ninety-two titles that have earned dozens of honors, including the Christopher Award for The Book of Giant Stories.  His work has been translated into twelve languages, anthologized more than one hundred eighty-five times, and appeared in over eighty magazines and professional journals. In Springfield, MO, David Harrison Elementary School is named for him. His poem, “My Book,” is sandblasted into The Children’s Garden sidewalk at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix, Arizona and painted on a bookmobile in Pueblo, Colorado. David’s poetry inspired Sandy Asher’s popular, award winning school plays, Somebody Catch My Homeworkand Jesse and Grace and has been set to music performed for numerous live audiences. In 2007, the Missouri Librarian Association presented David with its Literacy Award for the body of his work. David holds science degrees from Drury and Emory universities and honorary doctor of letters degrees from Missouri State University and Drury University. He is poet laureate of Drury. David lives with his wife, Sandy, a business owner and retired guidance counselor. He is working on many new books.

http://davidlharrison.com
http://davidlharrison.wordpress.com

KATE’S BIO:

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, Switzerland, and Ukraine. 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.”

She was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Here’s the link: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/illustrator-saturday-kate-cosgrove/
For a complete client list and to view additional illustrations, visit Kate’s website: www.katecosgrove.com.

Kate Cosgrove is a 2016 Barbara Deming Grant recipient and a 2011 Individual Artist Grant Recipient, ACGL.

Thank you David and Kate for sharing you book and journey with us. Wow! what a great combo of text and art. I have a copy and it is a treasure to keep.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. I cannot wait to have this book one way or the other. Kids love Frogs. I recite and teach the poem “Frog” by Mary Ann Hoberman. They love it, This would be the perfect mentor text.I am sharing on FB, too. This book looks terrific, but then everything by David Harrison does. Terrific post !

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    • Janet, you are very kind and I love it! I also love the way Kate illustrated the new book. Lucky me!

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  2. Kathy, thank you for featuring our new book today. In some cases it’s hard for an artist and author who have never met to work together on the same project and produce results that please everyone, but here we puled it off without a hitch and I know that Kate shares my pride in what we’ve created. Can’t wait to get AND THE BULLFROGS SING into as many small hands as possible.

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  3. What a wonderful book with stem take away and engaging art!

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    • Thank you, Lynne. We’re all pretty excited about this one.

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  4. Congratulations on this new, wonderful book, David. I grew up in Missouri with frogs all around & see fewer here in dry Colorado. I imagine kids will adore this one, and learning that poetry can be written about animals, the science included. Will share on social media!

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    • Linda, my first get rich quick scheme was when I was six and living in Ajo, Arizona. After a rare rain I discovered tadpoles in a small puddle and decided to raise them and sell their legs to restaurants. Turned out they were toad tadpoles and the puddle dried up before I could get organized.

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  5. Frogs and toads are favorite subjects! Perfect book with great illustrations and information. Thanks for sharing this book with us. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Angie. I love frogs and toads too. Fingers crossed that others do!

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  6. I’ll get a copy of this book for sure…and kids will love it when I share it with them!

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    • They will because they love you and love it when you read to them. I’m always delighted when you choose something of mine to read.

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  7. I love hearing the bullfrogs sing & look forward to learning more about them in your latest picture book.

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    • I suddenly think I missed a bet. Should have included a recording in the back!

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  8. I am a huge fan of amphibians, and cannot wait to get this book! I love the way Kate has solved the Vertical Action In a Horizontal Spread issue – by going diagonal. Brilliant!

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    • I love the way she has handled it, too, Susan. That took some thinking. I hope you like the book when it comes out.

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  9. Beautiful book David and Kate. Love the illustrations. So friendly. Can’t wait to read this to my students in first and second grade. Thanks.

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    • PJ I think this book should be just right for that age. On the 14th of May when it comes out I’m having a party at Springfield’s Library Center and one activity will be a hopping contest. I have my tape measure and masking tape ready.

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      • I love that idea. Measuring. What a great way to integrate Math. Thanks.

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  10. Congrats on the book! UI had actually heard of it before and I’m very eager to read it 😉

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    • Thank you, Lydia. I hope you are pleased when you read it.

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  11. Looking forward to seeing this! Thanks for this sneak peek, Kathy.

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    • It’s officially two more weeks, Jane. So far I only have one advance copy, but I’m delighted with the way it turned out.

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  12. Sounds like a delightful book and I love the illustrations as well. Thanks very much for the chance to win a copy!
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1123290401660489728, and pinned an image on Pinterest as well: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772150488929.
    Thanks again for the chance, have a great week!

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    • Thank you for your help promoting my newest title. I appreciate it very much and wish you luck!

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  13. This book looks terrific – great subject, interesting facts in a fun way and beautiful illustrations. Congratulations, David and Kate!

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    • Thank you, MD. And thanks to Kate for bringing my words to life so naturally. I’m eager to get this one to market.

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  14. I love all of David’s books. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the review. I will pass not he drawing since I won here recently.

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    • Hi, Rosi! It’s always good to see you wherever you pop up. I hope you like the new book when you see it. And I hope things are good with you.

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  15. I’d love to win And the Bullfrogs Sing! I’ll post a link on my FB & Twitter about it. We need more nature books out there, so glad that this one found a home.

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    • Thank you, Chrissa! I hope you win too (but don’t tell the others!).

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  16. A fine example of terrific early-grade nonfiction! My biochemist son (now 30) would have loved reading this book as a little boy! David’s text is clear, yet engagingly lyrical. Kate’s illustration are a fine complement, full of interesting and accurate detail. Love the idea of a hopping contest as part of book promo events! Maybe another Outstanding Science Trade Book designation by NSTA? Best of luck!

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    • Thank you, Janet. I hope it makes the Science Trade Book list again too! We worked especially hard on this one so I hope the results show it.

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  17. I loved A Place to Start a Family and am sure this will be great too! Thanks for sharing the process and ups & downs with this book!

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    • Not sure how to edit this but i wanted to let your know that i also tweeted and shared on facebook. I don’t have a blog so am unable to re-blog.

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    • Thank you, Yvona. I hope you like it too. It’s a fascinating subject.

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  18. Well, this is easy! I love children’s books, frogs, and David Harrison, especially. So I am commenting, rebooting, tweeting, and sharing on Facebook this wonderful book. What a talented trio you all are!!

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    • Thank you so much for the kind words and your support in helping us promote the new book! I have high hops for this one. (:>

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  19. Thank you for the post regarding Author David L. Harrison’s new picture book titled, AND THE BULLFROGS SING: A LIFE CYCLE. Illustrated by Kate Cosgrove.
    I love both the sound of the book and it’s illustrations.
    I can’t believe I had not heard of David L. Harrison before reading this post, especially since he has published 92 books (yes, that is the correct number, not a typo).
    I have added AND THE BULLFROGS SING: A LIFE CYCLE to my #wishlist of #books to #readandreview on my #bookblog
    Thank you very much for offering me a chance to win a copy of this wonderfully illustrated children’s book.

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    • Wow! Amie, I’m in debt to Kathy for introducing us. So glad we’ve now met and I hope you enjoy the book when you get a copy. I just learned that the publisher has pushed back the release date to the end of the month but that’s not too far off now. Thanks again!

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  20. […] Hi everyone, Just a reminder today. If you would like to put your name in the drawing for a free copy of AND THE BULLFROGS SING, A LIFE CYCLE BEGINS, there’s still time to go to Kathy Temean’s blog and leave a comment. The list is growing but your chances are still good. And naturally I appreciate the help in promoting the book. Thanks. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/book-giveaway-and-the-bullfrogs-sing-by-david-harrison/ […]

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  21. […] I’ve followed this prolific Missouri author for quite sometime. Here is one of his new non fiction books, And the Bullfrog Sings. It looks interesting. And he is offering a giveaway to help promote it. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/book-giveaway-and-the-bullfrogs-sing-by-david-harrison/ […]

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    • Thank you! I wish you could have seen 28 kids in a hopping contest the other night at The Library Center in Springfield. Frogs would have been jealous!

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  22. This looks like a really wonderful book. As a lover of nature i want to get it one way or another!

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