Washington Post book critic Ron Charles explains how Harper Lee will be remembered. (McKenna Ewen/The Washington Post)

There’s a scene in the film “You’ve Got Mail” where Meg Ryan’s character rants about the impact of books: “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”

And it’s safe to say “To Kill a Mockingbird” is part of our identity as a nation.

To celebrate Harper Lee’s life and work, we posted a call-out on our Instagram page asking readers to share photos of their love-worn copies of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Some submissions were more than 40 years old; others, brand new.

Scroll through the submissions below, and if you’d like to contribute a story or share an image, post it to Instagram using the hashtag #MyMockingbirdWP.




my rather worn (but well loved) 50+ y/o copy of #ToKillAMockingBird by the late #HarperLee.

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