Updated: Jan 26, 2020
Monroeville native's award winner second most checked out novel
In honor of Patti Callahan Henry's most recent 2020 Harper Lee Award by The Monroeville Literary Festival and the Alabama Writers’ Forum for Alabama's Distinguished Writer, we found this special article to commemorate Harper Lee, a Monroeville native and To Kill a Mockingbird.
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WKRG: Alabama News
by: Peter Albrecht
Posted: Jan 14, 2020 / 08:40 PM CST
To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Monroeville native, the late Harper Lee, is the fifth most checked out book in the history of the New York Public Library, and the second most checked out novel.
In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the New York Public Library researched its most popular books. The Snowy Day, the award-winning 1962 children’s story—written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats—is the most checked out book. Children’s books dominate the library’s top ten list.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats / 485,583 checkouts
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss / 469,650 checkouts
1984 by George Orwell / 441,770 checkouts
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak / 436,016 checkouts
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee / 422,912 checkouts
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White / 337,948 checkouts
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury / 316,404 checkouts
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie / 284,524 checkouts
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling / 231,022 checkouts
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle / 189,550 checkouts
Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960. It won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature, read in most high schools and middle schools. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee’s experiences in Monroeville in the 1930’s. To Kill a Mockingbird was Lee’s only published book until Go Set a Watchman, an earlier draft of the novel, was published in 2015. Lee died in 2016 at the age of 89.
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