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I think my first encounter with James and the Giant Peach was in 5th grade, when my teacher read it aloud to the class, and it hooked me on Roald Dahl. While I do love the original illustrations by Nancy Berkert, I'm also partial to Lane Smith's quirky versions as well. But regardless of which pictures accompany it, it's a fantastic story.
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67 Books Every Good Parent Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10. Or 67 books anyone should read anytime because they're just that great.
67 books to read to your kids before they turn 10. Some great classics everyone should read. This is a great list! Not sure I agree with all of them for the before 10 bit, but it has many of my favorites, and some new ones I can't wait to check out.