While I was making this list, I had no idea how impacted I was by children's books. Now that I've made this list, I realize how important reading is and how vital it is for the next generation to read real, paper books, to feel the pages turn instead of staring at a screen. Trust me, these books will touch you too!
1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This book. It seriously changed my life when I read it. I still read it all the time as a reminder to appreciate my family.
$12.89 at amazon.com
2. If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith
This book is filled with imagination. Imagine if the entire world was a village of just 100 people.
$13.26 at amazon.com
3. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
This book is so, so funny! It was my first funny book that I ever read and it rounded out my reading as a kid.
$7.30 at amazon.com
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Yes, this is a YA book, but it is breathtaking and it changed my life. It made me want to speak up and want to stop being so isolated.
$10.59 at amazon.com
5. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
While the movie is amazing, the book? It's awesome. It made me think, it made me want to be a spy and it changed the way I was as a kid.
$3.03 at amazon.com
6. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
No kid should grow up without having read this classic at least once. It's get better every time you read it!
$4.41 at amazon.com
7. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Anne is someone that I can relate to and the book changed my outlook on being smart, redhead and weird.
$6.99 at amazon.com
8. The American Girl Series
Oh man, I loved Samantha. She had proper etiquette, manners and my family still talks about her!
$4.35 at amazon.com
9. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
The open-mindedness and beauty of this message is amazing. It taught me to open up my own mind and see what I want to see.
$5.63 at amazon.com
10. Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter was a giant part of my childhood. I loved every book and every single book had a different message.
$52.16 at amazon.com
11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Whether you see the movie or read the book (which I highly suggest!) the message is amazing. I don't think I could survive without this book in my life. It changed a lot of my outlook, especially with being a strong woman.
$10.45 at amazon.com
12. Alice in Wonderland and through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
These books kept my imagination alive, even as an adult!
$5.57 at amazon.com
13. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
While I am not religious at all, this book changed my life. The battle between good and evil, the way the siblings bonded together. Beautiful book!
$26.86 at amazon.com
14. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
This book changed me. This book is about the evolution from child to taking care of your parents and now that I am in my thirties, I so see it. OMG, I need to read this book again!
$4.99 at amazon.com
15. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
I can not even talk about this book without crying, it taught me all about love. It taught me about magic, it taught me about life. It seriously changed me as a kid.
$6.32 at amazon.com
16. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
I love this book! It is all about being strong and brave and a little rebel.
$8.00 at amazon.com
17. The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These books soaked up every single one of my days when I was a kid. They were beautifully written and made me appreciate electricity.
$37.72 at amazon.com