This list was in my drafts; I stumbled into a used bookstore today and found almost all of these books in the children's section. I took it as a sign. ☺️
  1. The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer
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  2. All of The Boxcar Children books
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  3. The CutUps by James Marshall
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  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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  5. George & Martha by James Marshall
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    Martha got on my nerves, but I still read a lot of these books.
  6. The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Scieszka & Smith
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  7. Ramona Quimby Age
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    And the whole Beverly Cleary crew
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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  9. The Mouse and the Motor Cycle
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  10. SuperFudge by Judy Blume
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  11. Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
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  12. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
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    Not a superfan of these but I had a friend who was and would give them to me as gifts.
  13. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
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    "And the tree was happy..." TEARS ALWAYS.
  14. EVERYTHING Shel Silverstein
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    I was truly obsessed. There was a Rhetoric Competition at my school- meant mostly for the older kids...where you would recite a poem, analyze it, and tell everyone why it was important. My mom was convincing my bro to do it when I said, "Mama, I'm going to do the contest." "You are?" (I was grade K.) "Mm hmm; I'm gonna do 'Ladies First.'" I did. In front of nine grades and their parents, I told them all how we should put others' needs first. I got a standing ovation. My applause addiction began.
  15. The Hobbit by Tolkien
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  16. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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  17. Good Night, Moon
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  18. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
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  19. SOUNDER by W. Armstrong
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  20. Choose Your Own Adventure books
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    This one was particularly uplifting.
  21. Harry Potter!!! By JKR
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    Le duh.
  22. The Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman
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    I LOVED THIS BOOK
  23. Matilda by Roald Dahl
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  24. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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    Essential.
  25. Corduroy!!!!
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    (Paddington was cool too, but c'mon. Corduroy.)