There are very few books that defined me as a child. My children will remember Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Percy Jackson, and How to Train Your Dragon, but me? I don't remember reading many series.
I didn't read Anne of Green Gables until I was a young mother. Shocking, I know, since the miniseries most definitely shaped my young life. I didn't read Pride and Prejudice until college (or late high school?), and that REALLY shaped my life.
Anyway, here is the short list of books I read as a child/tween that really changed me forever:
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye
The Bird's Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I've tried to get my girls to read these books, too, but it's interesting how mom's opinions are automatically "uncool." Luckily, they've relented most of the time and have admitted that, yes, mom knew what she was talking about.
I'm sure I could list hundreds, if not thousands of books that have shaped me for the better (or worse?), but let's focus on childhood. What books shaped your childhood? Do any stand out?