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Can't recommend this book enough (and sadly, not enough people take me up on it). Less sci-fi and more anthropological. Includes subtle yet strong Juedo-Christian undertones which I found deeply moving.

In my mind, this is the perfect list of older children's literature. I read these stories as a kid and will read these to my children. The only one I would think to add is "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury, and of course later in the early teens, some of the books with more adult topics... [[Click for a link to a list of 100 of the best books of all time]]

Professors at the University of Missouri celebrate its 175th anniversary by recommending 175 influential books.

Kafka on Books and What Reading Does for the Human Spirit

88 Books That Teach Important Lessons

Books that Teach Important Lessons - includes everything from manners to individual differences and social justice. Supports INTASC Standard #5 Application of Content: The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

When worlds collide, can love build a bridge? In this case, yes. This is a delightful book: memoir, travel essay and anthropology all at once and Ms. Thompson does it very well. Refreshingly without ego (especially for the subjects mentioned!) she has mused out a love story, gently and thoughtfully, that goes everywhere (well, almost!) in a wonderful way... I really did hate for it to end! -Jesse

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works