There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your life. We can all look back on the books that have shaped our perspective on politics, religion, money, and love. Some have even become a source of inspiration for our lives. These are the books that have made an impression on me.
I decided to make a list of these books. The books listed are pretty eclectic and can be enjoyed by both boys or girls.
Many times I will just list a series, or one book in the series. Hopefully, these will whet your appetite for more from that author.
Books for Girls (Although Boys may also like them)
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Samantha Boxed Set with Game (American Girl) by Susan S. Adler
The Best of Pippi Longstocking: Three Books in One by Astrid Lindgren
The Baby-Sitter's Club Boxed Set, Book Nos. 1-4: Kristy's Great Idea / Claudio and the Phantom Phone Calls / The Truth About Stacy / Mary Anne Saves the Day by Ann M. Martin
Saddle Club Super Editions #1-4: A Summer Without Horses, The Secret of the Stallion, Western Star, and Dream Horse (The Saddle Club) by Bonnie Bryant
Love Comes Softly/Love's Enduring Promise (Janette Oke Keepsake Series, Volume 1 & 2) by Janette Oke
Grace Livingston Hill Collection No.1 by Grace Livingston Hill
The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson
The Betsy-Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace
Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins Series (Boxed Set) (Henry in the Clubhouse, Henry Huggins, Henry and Beezus, and Henry and Ribsy) [Box set] by Beverly Cleary
High Flyer with a Flat Tire (Adventures in Odyssey) by Paul McCusker
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Husain Haddawy
The Sword of Aradel by Alexander Key
The Indian Trilogy: The Indian in the Cupboard / Return of the Indian / The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
The Magic School Bus Chapter Book Boxed Set, Books 1-8: Penguin Puzzle, The Great Shark Escape, The Giant Germ, Twister Trouble, Space Explorers, The Wild Whale Watch, The Search for the Missing Bones, and The Truth About Bats [Box set] by Anne Capeci
A Child's Garden of Verses : A Classic Illustrated edition [Bargain Price] by Robert Louis Stevenson
Pinocchio (Puffin Classics) by Gioia Fiammenghi
65 Years of Little Golden Books by Golden Books
A Treasury of Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Carl Sandberg, Walt Whitman by Frances Schoonmaker
This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti