67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10
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.
Books Worth Reading / This book started my love for Judy Blume. I gave it to my niece on her 10th or 11th birthday- she graduates from high school this year- and it remains one of her favorites as well.