Ten Children's Books Everyone Should Read
Charlotte's Web – E.B. White
The story tells of a spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur and the unlikely friendship between the two. When Wilbur's fate is to be slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte starts writing praise about Wilbur in her web for the farmer to see, with the hope that these "miracles" will convince the farmer to spare Wilbur's life.
Charlotte's Web is a beautiful story of friendship found blossoming in unusual places, and teaches young children the value of true friendship. It's written in White's low-key, dry manner, often resulting in hilarious and outrageous sequences which can be appreciated by children and adults alike.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Set in the fantasy world of Narnia, where the animals talk, and magic abounds, The Chronicles of Narnia tells the stories of various children who are called upon by Aslan the lion to help protect Narnia from the evil forces that inhabit it, and bring peace to the world.
While it's the magic that initially grips children and adults alike, the friendships, loyalty and inner conflicts that characters deal with (not to mention Aslan) are what make readers fall in love with the books.