“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em,
but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
- Atticus Finch
I was sitting poolside yesterday afternoon with my 50th Anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. You all know this book. “Required” summer reading in high school. Those books that made you sigh and wonder why teachers had to ruin a perfectly good vacation with all that reading.
Well, truth for me was that I didn’t mind the reading... just that it was required. I recall To Kill A Mockingbird as one of my favorites! I also recall that it has been 20 years since this book hit my required reading list and that it definitely deserved rereading.
July 11th marked the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic story of race, class and growing up in the Deep South of the 1930’s. As I read the first few chapters, I became submerged in Maycomb, Alabama and its’ characters were brought back to life!
Atticus Finch, Calpurnia, Boo Radley, Jem, Scout and their summertime companion, Dill. The story revived in my memory as if it were only yesterday that I picked up this novel for the very first time.
Want to join in the celebration of one of America's favorite novels? Harper-Collins has graciously offered a copy of the 50th Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird to one of my readers!
What a great summer read!
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Find more about To Kill A Mockingbird’s 50th Anniversary:
- On Facebook
- Book club suggestions
- Grab a 50th anniversary badge for your website
- Student and Teacher Resources
- Check out Scout, Atticus, and Boo by Mary McDonagh Murphy. This is a great companion book for To Kill A Mockingbird full of interviews and reflections with Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Russo, Mary Badham, Wally Lamb, and many more.