This book never fails to make me cry, make me sick to my stomach and want to kill this poor child's mother. But I think everyone should read it, just to know how horrible child abuse is and that these things really happen to innocent children.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, and all of his other children's poetry books. I got this as a birthday present in grade and read the "Sharp-Toothed Snail" poem for a school talent show! The girls love these poems too.