101 chapter books to read (or hear) before you grow up. I have read so many of these and some of these books I still consider my. Absolute favorites because they really got me hooked on reading! Caddie Woodlawn is maybe my favorite, if forced to choose :)
Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Pena. What It's About: CJ and his grandmother on their way home one day. CJ spends most of the journey asking "How come...?" questions about everyone and everything. His grandmother answers each question with patience and eventually they leave the bus to volunteer at a soup kitchen. It serves as a reminder that everyone we encounter has skills and a story, but we must be kind and open-hearted in order to hear it.