Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Center for the Book Participates in Branson Library Fundraiser

(Director of Tanneyhills-Branson Community Library, (left), and Author, David Harrison, (right), proudly display posters of Harrison's beloved poem, "My Book", designed by Jacek Fraczak, Professor of Art, MSU)


On the afternoon of December 14, 2013, in the Payne Stewart Country Club House in Branson, Missouri, the Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Center for the Book (MCBOC) sponsored a children’s reading hour by nationally-acclaimed children’s author, David Harrison. His reading was part of “A Dickensian Christmas,” a fundraiser benefitting the Tanneyhills-Branson Community Library. To commemorate David Harrison’s public reading, the MCBOC asked Missouri State University art professor, Jacek Fraczak, to design posters based on Mr. Harrison’s best-known poem, “My Book” (from Somebody Catch My Homework, Boyds Mills Press, 1993):

I did it!
I did it!
Come and look
At what I’ve done!
I read a book!

When someone wrote it
Long ago
For me to read,
How did he know
That this was the book
I’d take from the shelf
And lie on the floor
And read by myself?

I really read it!
Just like that!
Word by word,
From first to last!

I’m sleeping with
This book in bed,
This first FIRST book
I’ve ever read!

Headquartered in the Meyer Library at Missouri State University, the MCBOC was pleased to collaborate with the MSU art department, the Tanneyhills-Branson Community Library, and David Harrison in support of childhood literacy.