This is where I realized how much books meant to me growing up, thus the abundance of children's literature.
  1. 1.
    Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
    (No, autocorrect, I do not wish to change "Things" to "Thongs".) Anyhoo, one of my favorite picture book illustrators.
  2. 2.
    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg
    The best picture book illustrator ever. I also loved Jumanji. And The Sweetest Fig. And The Stranger. And The Z Was Zapped. And all the rest.
  3. 3.
    The BFG, by Roald Dahl
    I loved every one of his books, but this remains my favorite.
  4. 4.
    From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg
    After reading this, I always thought it would be so cool to spend the night locked in a museum.
  5. 5.
    The Once and Future King, by T. H. White
    Because, King Arthur.🗡
  6. 6.
    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Of course.
  7. 7.
    Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
    One of my favorite authors. He's made me laugh embarrassingly hard in public on more than one occasion.
  8. 8.
    The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay
    The movie, on the other hand, was pretty horrible.
  9. 9.
    The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  10. 10.
    A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
    Despite all the hate this book receives from frustrated high school students everywhere, I loved it.