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    Posted on May 8, 2015

    67 Children's Books That Actually Changed Your Life

    Let's go on a trip down memory lane. Keep the tissues nearby.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the beloved children's books that changed their lives. Here they are, ranked in no particular order.

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    1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

    2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    3. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

    4. Matilda by Roald Dahl

    5. Who Took The Farmer’s Hat? by Joan L. Nodset

    HarperCollins

    "This was the first book I read. It went on to spur my love of literature and my own writing skills later on in life. It also taught me two of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned: shit happens and to look for the beauty in all things, even when I can’t see it."

    Katdoyle15

    6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    7. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

    8. Harvey the Child Mime by Loryn Brantz

    Hometown 520 Press

    "It taught me that true happiness comes from within, even though I read it as an adult!"

    jakeb31

    9. The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

    10. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

    11. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

    12. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

    13. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    14. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

    15. Holes by Louis Sachar

    16. The American Girl series

    17. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

    18. Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch

    19. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

    20. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    21. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

    22. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

    23. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

    24. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

    25. The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

    26. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

    27. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

    28. Bloomability by Sharon Creech

    29. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    30. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

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    "It’s about a princess who loses her castle, fiancé, and clothes to a dragon, so she goes dressed in only a paper bag to save him. She defeats the dragon, but her prince is ashamed of the way she is dressed, so she basically tells him where to stick it. This was the beginning of girl power for me."

    katw46e15b743

    "As a tom boy, it was the first princess story I could relate to. The princess does the rescuing and her life does not revolve around a wedding or prince. She knows exactly who she is and she embraces it!"

    axo513

    31. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

    32. The Moomins series by Tove Jansson

    33. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

    34. Hear the Wind Blow by Mary Downing Hahn

    Clarion Books

    "It was a book that made me think and grow up. It's about two children who are living in war torn Virginia during the final days of the Civil War. The book struck me as being powerful as it made me think about what I would do if I lost my parents and how I would handle the situation as I am the oldest of four children in my family. It was a very moving and it also sparked my interest in history as I am now a history major in college."

    —Jason Rohloff, Facebook

    35. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald

    36. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

    37. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

    38. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

    39. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

    40. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    41. The Betsey-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace

    42. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

    43. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

    44. The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

    45. Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers by Laura Numeroff

    Scholastic

    "This book taught me that no one can tell you what is right or wrong for you. Only you know. Follow your dreams no matter how silly, if it feels right for you, do it."

    —Jillian Carlson, Facebook

    46. The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary

    47. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    48. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch

    49. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

    50. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

    51. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

    52. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

    53. Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    54. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

    55. When Sophie Get Really Angry—Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

    56. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

    57. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

    58. Ruby Holler Sharon Creech

    59. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    60. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

    61. The series by Barbara Park

    62. The Giver by Lois Lowry

    63. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

    64. Dragonflight by Anne MacCaffrey

    65. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

    66. The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    67. You Are Special by Max Lucado

    Crossway Books

    "This book taught me that what others think of us does not define us. What matters is who we are, not the things we can or can’t do. It’s absolutely heartwarming."

    laurenruthanne

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