I was a huge nerd when I was a kid. I would only read classics or adult-themed books. But hey, don't blame me, those were the only books in my house and I didn't even know there were books especially designed for kids ): I thought children oly read fairytales, but boy was I wrong.
1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Dude, how I enjoy this book. When my dad first bought me this book (it was actually a split-in-two edition so I could carry it everywhere) I remember thinking 'well, it does not get better than this'. It's still to this day a book I love to re-read, brings back awesome memories.
2. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Now this one was a recommendation from my 4th grade teacher because back in the 4th grade I was OBSESSED with the holocaust, I mean obsessed as in terrified, I-can't-believe-this-happened-and-noone-stopped-it obsessed. I remember loving Anne Frank, but when I re-read it now, I don't think her writing has much appealing ):
3. Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel. As I said, I was obsessed with this unfortunate topic, so I borrowed this book from the library and I remember reading it in my bedroom at night (because it had awful photos and my mom told me I couldn't read it) and being terrified, it was an eye opeaning experience, as in, there's a world out there where not everything is fun. As of today, it is still a book that gives me serious creeps.
4. A Bolsa Amarella by Lygia Bojunga Nunes. When I went into 5th grade my teacher recommended this book. She was the first person ever to give me a 'childrens' book. I loved it but at the same time it wasn't as challenging. So I didn't took children books seriously.
5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Now rise their hand who hadn't read this book.... only YOU?! ma, you're seriously missing out, this is a book for all ages and great for the soul. I still have my first copy, dated 'May, 2010' by my dad, who likes to date the books he buys.
6. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. I also remember loving this one as a kid, but I don't love it as much now. Guess I was a naive child. But it's good, and you should definitely read it while listening to the soundtrack, or watch the movie, it's also good.