One Writer’s Journey

August 13, 2019

David Harrison: Happy 50th Anniversary

“Don’t you just hate it when one of your friends makes a sale?  Don’t you get jealous?”

I was a fairly new writer when someone asked me this.  I had some sales, no books, but I was still surprised.  Jealous?  No, why?  Although when my writing friend David Harrison announced he was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first book, it came close.  Isn’t that just the coolest thing?

In 1969, The Boy with the Drum was published as a Little Golden Book. I remember going to the grocery store with my mom or grandmother and flipping through all the Little Golden Books on the spinner.  They rarely said yes but every now and again I got to come home with a new treasure.

Earlier this year, book #96 for David came out.  I reviewed And the Bullfrogs Sing here.  Ninety-six books!  Okay, maybe I’m just a little jealous, but I can deal with it.  If you aren’t familiar with David’s books, be sure to check them out.  And the Bullfrog Sings combines his talents for teaching science and writing in rhyme.  David is a noted children’s poet and if poetry is your thing you might want to read Now You See Them, Now You Don’ta book of poems about how animals hide.

I’ve known David since I was a new writer and he has always been encouraging although I think I made him cringe when I called myself the anti-poet.  To say that my education in poetry was lacking is an understatement and David took it upon himself to help me find poetry to read.  It may be David’s fault that I’ve had one rhyme, I still hesitate to call it a poem, accepted for publication.

I’d encourage you to get to know David and his work. For a full list of his books, be sure to visit this page on his web site. You can read more about his first sale on his blog.



  1. Thank you, Sue! I appreciate your post about me as I celebrate my 50th anniversary since THE BOY WITH THE DRUM was published. Time has slipped away but I have few regrets and so many reasons to be happy with how I chose to spend my life. I’ve enjoyed our friendship over the years. All the best, David

    Comment by davidlharrison — August 13, 2019 @ 11:46 am | Reply

    • David,
      You are so welcome! Your body of work has been so inspiring to me and to so many others, both young readers and fellow writers.

      Comment by suebe — August 13, 2019 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

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