WHAT MAKES A BOOK A CLASSIC?

I've been thinking about what makes a book worthy of being designated a great book, or a classic. In my definition, a classic book is one read and admired by multiple generations of people. It is a book that contains such a depth of experience in its pages that it can be picked up decades and even hundreds of years later and still move a reader. I don't think children's books are given "classic" status often enough. What an incredible experience it is to read a book as a child, and then, as an adult, feel the book come alive again when we read it to our children. That is a classic book. There is so much reverence in our culture for work described as "literary fiction." Why aren't modern children's books regarded with the same respect and admiration? They are certainly beloved by many, but they ought to be respected. 

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Lisa Weiss