Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. These books got me through countless days home sick, holidays, and all my grade school. I even did a report on Laura Ingalls Wilder in fourth grade about famous Missourians and dressed up as her :)
I like big books and I cannot lie. No other book lover can deny. Beall - you should totally put this in your library! (it's from that song "i like big butts and i can not lie." just in case you didn't get the reference!