Mrs. Fish and I began the Grade 4/5 classic book club this week with Harriet the Spy. My favorite part of the meeting was discussing what makes a book a classic and which books they’ve read so far in their elementary years might be considered a classic some day. Harry Potter was a top choice along with Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks. We decided that Timmy Failure, Wimpy Kid and Big Nate might not make the cut in 20 years or so. Many faculty members had their picture taken with their favorite classic book for a bulletin board display and we have many classic stories available for checkout. My choice is To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it the first time in 8th grade and about 10 other times throughout my life – even read it aloud once to my husband when we first met. I find something new in the book each time I read it; a connection to different characters or story lines based on what I’m doing or even where I’m living at the time. While I think children’s and young adult literature is amazing and vibrant right now, it is always nice to revisit those books that truly stand the test of time. Stop by and take an old friend home today!