I have soo many favorites but I as a reading specialist I love to read stories about the love and/or the importance of reading. Here are two of my favorites...
The Bee Tree, Patricia Polacco
Mr. Faulker, Patricia Polacco
I've started compiling this list and will put it in the bookstore for eternity shortly! Great list and keep them coming....very general and helpful in that vein.
See some other lists, in particular Gifted Readers and H.S. Books which Classroom 2.0 members have recommended. Great books there and a very unique list. Interesting to see this list and much different than the Gifted Readers list which is mostly for grades 4-6.
If you all haven't already, you've GOT to LISTEN to the audio version of The Tale of Despereux! It's fantastic! (I'm a big fan of listening to books--especially in the car. Right now I have a Dean Koontz book on CD that I'm listening to--By the Light of the Moon. This is the first I've "read" something of his--loving it!
THAT will have to be our next list--favorite adult FICTION. :-)
I am currently reading The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White to my grade 2 class. A great story of tenacity, resilience and humour. The children love the humour and have fallen in love with swans.
Anything by Roald Dahl is always a hit in our classroom.