THE CROWS OF PEARLBLOSSOM by Aldus Huxley, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Huxley wrote the story in 1944 for his niece, Olivia, and it was originally illustrated by Barbara Cooney (Miss Rumphius) and updated by the fantastic Sophie Blackall!
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch: Easily the most heroic, admirable character that I've ever come across in reading. And Boo! My children know my love of Boo, thus their many nicknames!
Separated from the sister she has been protecting from their irresponsible parents, Liz is forced to rely on distant relatives and forges a pact with a deceitful adult who compels her to keep a painful secret