In honor of its 10th anniversary and to commemorate namesake Virginia’s gift of reading with children, the Virginia Yerxa Community Read is pleased to announce the selection of children’s classic Charlotte’s Web as the 2019 book in common.
Written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams, Charlotte’s Web was first published in 1952 and tells the story of Wilbur, a little pig who is saved from an untimely death by his clever spider friend Charlotte and their chatty barnyard neighbors. Lessons of friendship, truth, and loyalty bind this story together and show that friends come in all shapes and sizes. Written in White’s dry, low-key manner, Charlotte’s Web is considered a classic of children’s literature, enjoyable to adults as well as children. In 2000, Publishers Weekly listed it as the best-selling children’s paperback of all time.
Readers are encouraged to read this charming classic, recall favorite books from their own childhoods, and share them with the children in their lives. Thanks to a generous grant awarded by CAPC (Colusa County Community Advocates for Parents and Children), every third-grade student in Colusa County will be given a copy of Charlotte’s Web in early 2019.
Founded in 2010, the Virginia Read is a book-in-common project for Colusa County that draws members of the community around the same literary work. Book discussions and events for the spring are in the planning stages, leading up to the annual Virginia Read Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019. Readers are invited to follow the Virginia Yerxa Community Read Facebook page, or online at www.virginiaread.net ■