Harrison, David L.

Pen Name(s): Kennon Graham

Missouri County: Greene County

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Audience: Children

Published Works:
The Boy with a Drum, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1969.
Little Turtle's Big Adventure, illustrated by J.P. Miller, Random House (New York, NY), 1969.
The Little Boy in the Forest, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1969.
About Me, Childcraft Education Corp., 1969.
The World of American Caves, Reilly & Lee, 1970.
The Case of Og, the Missing Frog, illustrated by Jerry Warshaw, Rand McNally (Chicago, IL), 1972.
(With Mary Loberg) The Backyard Zoo, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1972.
(With Mary Loberg) The Kingdom of the Sea, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1972.
(With Mary Loberg) The World of Horses, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1972.
(With Mary Loberg) The Terrible Lizards, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1972.
The Book of Giant Stories, illustrated by Philippe Fix, McGraw, 1972.
The Little Boy and the Giant, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1973.
Let's Go Trucks!, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1973.
Children Everywhere, illustrated by Gordon Laite, Rand McNally (Chicago, IL), 1973.
Piggy Wiglet and the Great Adventure, illustrated by Les Gray, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1973.
The Huffin Puff Express, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1974.
The Love Bug: Herbie's Special Friend, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1974.
The Busy Body Book, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1975.
Monster! Monster!, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1975.
The Pink Panther in Z-Land, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1976.
The Circus Is in Town, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1978.
Detective Bob and the Great Ape Escape, illustrated by Ned Delaney, Parents Magazine Press (New York, NY), 1980.
My Funny Bunny Phone Book, illustrated by Lyn McClure Butrick, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1980.
What Do You Know! Mind-Boggling Questions, Astonishing Answers, illustrated by Rod Ruth, Rand McNally (Chicago, IL), 1981.
The Snoring Monster, illustrated by Richard Walz, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1985.
Busy Machines, illustrated by Richard Walz, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1985.
Wake up, Sun!, illustrated by Hans Wilhelm, Random House (New York, NY), 1986, reprinted, 2003.
Little Boy Soup, Ladybird Books (England), 1989.
Somebody Catch My Homework: Poems, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1993.
When Cows Come Home, illustrated by Chris L. Demarest, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1994.
The Boy Who Counted Stars: Poems, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1994.
A Thousand Cousins: Poems of Family Life, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1996.
The Animals' Song, illustrated by Christ J. Demarest, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1997.
The Purchase of Small Secrets: Poems, illustrated by Meryl Henderson, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 1998.
Wild Country: Outdoor Poems for Young People, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 1999.
(With Bernice E. Cullinan) Easy Poetry Lessons That Dazzle and Delight, Scholastic Professional Books (New York, NY), 1999.
Farmer's Garden: Rhymes for Two Voices, illustrated by Arden Johnson-Petrov, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 2000.
(Adaptor) The Big Sleepover (based on "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series), illustrated by Ken Edward, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2001.
(Adaptor) The Big Surprise (based on "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series), illustrated by Carolyn Bracken and Ken Edwards, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2001.
(Adaptor) Dogs and Cats (based on "The Truth about Dogs and Cats" television program), illustrated by Josie Yee, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2001.
Johnny Appleseed: My Story, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka, Random House (New York, NY), 2001.
(Adaptor) The Doggy Detectives (based on "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series), Scholastic (New York, NY), 2001.
Dylan, the Eagle-Hearted Chicken, illustrated by Karen Stormer Brooks, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2002.
The Alligator in the Closet, and Other Poems around the House, illustrated by Jane Kendall, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2003.
The Mouse Was out at Recess, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2003.
Connecting Dots: Poems of My Journey (memoir), illustrated by Kelley Cunningham Cousineau, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 2004.
Miss Grubb, Super Sub! A Write-in Reader, illustrated by Page Eastburn O'Rourke, Random House (New York, NY), 2005.
Farmer's Dog Goes to the Forest: Rhymes for Two Voices, illustrated by Arden Johnson-Petrov, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 2005.
Sounds of Rain: Poems of the Amazon, photographs by Doug Duncan, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 2006.
Piggy Wiglet, illustrated by Karen Stormer Brooks, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2007.
Cave Detectives: Unraveling the Mystery of an Ice Age Cave, illustrated by Ashley Mims, photographs by Edward Biamonte, Chronicle Books (San Francisco, CA), 2007.
Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things, illustrated by Rob Shepperson, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 2007.
Pirates, illustrated by Dan Burr, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 2008.
Vacation: We're Going to the Ocean, illustrated by Rob Shepperson, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 2009.
Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones: The Mystery of North America's First People, illustrated by Richard Hilliard, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2010.
A Monster Is Coming!, illustrated by Hans Wilhelm, Random House (New York, NY), 2011.
Cowboys, illustrated by Dan Burr, Wordsong (Honesdale, PA), 2012.

Earthworks Series:
Caves: Mysteries beneath Our Feet, illustrated by Cheryl Nathan, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2001.
Rivers: Nature's Wondrous Waterways, illustrated by Cheryl Nathan, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2002.
Volcanoes: Nature's Incredible Fireworks, illustrated by Cheryl Nathan, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2002.
Oceans: The Vast, Mysterious Deep, illustrated by Cheryl Nathan, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2003.
Earthquakes: Earth's Mightiest Moments, illustrated by Cheryl Nathan, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2004.
Mountains: The Tops of the World, illustrated by Cheryl Nathan, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2005.
Glaciers: Nature's Icy Caps, illustrated by Cheryl Nathan, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2006.

Under Pseudonym Kennon Graham:
Smokey Bear Saves the Forest, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1971.
Lassie and the Big Clean-up Day, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1971.
Eloise and the Old Blue Truck, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1971.
Lassie and the Secret Friend, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1972.
My Little Book of Cars and Trucks, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1973.
Woodsy Owl and the Trail Bikers, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1974.
Land of the Lost: Surprise Guests, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1975.
The Pink Panther in the Haunted House, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1975.
The Pink Panther Rides Again, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1976.
My Little Book about Flying, Albert Whitman (Racine, WI), 1978.
Bugs Bunny in Escape from Noddington Castle, illustrated by Darrell Baker, Golden Press (Racine, WI), 1979.

Edits:
Peter Pan, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1964.
Cinderella, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1964.
Pinocchio, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1964.
The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1965.
A Christmas Carol, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1965.
The Three Pigs, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1966.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hallmark Books (Shelby, OH), 1966.
(With Sandy Asher) Dude! Stories and Stuff for Boys, Dutton (New York, NY), 2006.

Other:
Writing Stories: Fantastic Fiction from Start to Finish, Scholastic Reference (New York, NY), 2004.
Contributor of stories and poems to anthologies; contributor, under pseudonyms Arthur Kennon Graham and Kennon Graham, to The Witch Book, edited by Dorothy F. Haas, Rand McNally (Chicago, IL), 1976. Contributor to periodicals, including Creative Classroom, Family Circle, Hello Reader!, Highlights for Children, Journal of Reading, Reading Today, Senior Living, and Springfield News-Leader.

Adaptations:
Harrison's works have been adapted for audiocassette and for production on television and radio throughout the world. Somebody Catch My Homework was adapted for CD-ROM, Discis, 1994. Sandy Asher used Harrison's poetry as inspiration for the play Somebody Catch My Homework, 2002.

Have any works been translated into other languages? Yes

Awards:
Christopher Award, Christopher Foundation, 1973, for The Book of Giant Stories
Central State University Award for outstanding contributions to children's literature, 1978
Distinguished Alumni, Drury College, 1981
poet laureate, Drury University, 1983, 2008
Kentucky Blue Grass Award nominee, Kentucky State Reading Association, 1993, for Somebody Catch My Homework
Celebrate Literacy Award, Springfield Council of the International Reading Association (IRA), 1994 and 2002
Celebrate Literacy Award, Missouri State Reading Association, 1994; Friend of Education Award, Missouri State Teachers Association, 1994 and 2002
Children's Choice selection, IRA/Children's Book Council, 1994, for Somebody Catch My Homework, 1995, for When Cows Come Home, and 1997, for A Thousand Cousins
IRA Local Council Community Service Award, 2001, for "Sky High on Reading" literacy project
Missouri Governor's Humanities Award, 2001
International Honor Book selection, Society of School Librarians, 2002, for Caves, Mysteries beneath Our Feet
Friends of Education Award, Missouri State Teachers Association, 2002
Drury University Ernest R. Breech Hall of Fame, 2004
Missourian Award, Missouri Library Association, 2006
Missouri Library Literacy Award, 2007, for body of work
Best Books selection, Bank Street College of Education, 2007, for Glaciers, Nature's Icy Caps
100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection, New York Public Library, 2007, and Notable Poetry Book selection, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), 2008, both for Bugs
NCTE Notable Poetry Book selection, 2008, and CYBILS Award nomination, both for Pirates
Best Book selection, Bank Street College of Education, 2008, for Piggy Wiglet
Society of American Archaeology Book of the Year nomination, 2010, and National Science Teachers Association Recommended selection, 2011, both for Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection, 2012, for A Monster Is Coming
numerous state commendations and inclusion in reading lists
Honorary doctorate from Missouri State University, 2005, and Drury University, 2008
David Harrison Elementary School, Springfield, MO, was named in Harrison's honor, 2009.

Speaking Engagements: Author accepts.

Fee for speaking: Yes

Contact Information:
2634 S. Skyline Drive
Springfield, MO 65804-4037
david@davidlharrison.com

Web site: http://www.davidlharrison.com