Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
I was 8 and it was the first book I ever bought. Absolute magic. It transported me from my small Pennsylvania town to New York City. I still love Harriet. —Anna O’Friel
I read it over and over again when I was in the third grade!! —Jacquelynn McHugh Simon
Made me love to write, also. —Jessi Taylor
I have always loved to read and could easily list off classics...but as a kid picking the book all on my own that got me to LOVE reading...Harriet the Spy. —Jen Martinez
To buy: $7, amazon.com.