2. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - This book made me feel like I was in my own secret world that no one else could be a part of. I think I need to read this one again.
3. Matilda, The BFG, and The Witches - Roald Dahl - How could I pick just one Roald Dahl book? They're all so brilliantly weird and touching, but these are my three favorites.
4. Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech - It's since been criticized for romanticizing and oversimplifying American Indian cultures, but I still found this a much deeper coming-of-age story than a lot of the others I read at the time. It felt darker and more grown up. Creech is a beautiful story-teller and I remember not being able to put it down.
5. Blubber - Judy Blume - A classic. Apparently it's on the banned books list. Do I need to say more?
6. Catherine, Called Birdy - Karen Cushman - Gives insight into a girl's perspective of the Medieval period, with some cool/disturbing information about Saints and their deaths.
Each of these books had me reading all night long under my covers with a flashlight. Being a nanny myself, I'm a little worried that most kids don't lose themselves in books anymore. But even the kids I work with (who are literally obsessed with and addicted to electronics) get really excited about Roald Dahl.