This doesn't even include all the fantastic books we've read aloud for school or just for fun . . . I could mention so many more, like C.S. Lewis, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Noel Streatfeild, Elizabeth Enright, Maud Hart Lovelace, LM Montgomery, Elizabeth George Speare . . . the list could go on and on. Seriously, if you haven't heard of some of these books or authors, check them out. :) Children's literature is SO MUCH FUN and there are just lots of wonderful books out there!! I don't have time to post links to all the books I've listed, but just do an Amazon search and you will find them!
Someday I hope to do a much more detailed post with recommended reading lists for different age groups. When I have lots of extra time on my hands. ;) For now, maybe this will whet your appetite and you might discover some new favorites of your own!