With the best first sentence I’ve ever read – “Where’s Papa going with that ax?” – the story of Fern, Wilbur, Templeton and Charlotte begins. A timeless classic, I got this book in 2nd or 3rd grade, and I’ve kept my copy ever since (see photo). As a child, I remember crying tears of sadness as Wilbur watched Charlotte’s children fly away. Today, I’m reading this poignant story of love and loss to J-girl and my boy H knowing that, even though I’m almost 30 years older, I won’t make it to the end tear-free. And that is okay. Because great literature has no age limit: it can cause a reader to laugh or cry, regardless of age. And Charlotte’s Web is great literature. Ages 4+ (read-aloud), 6+ (read to self).