I also love children’s books and I second (or third) most everything in this thread. Especially, (these are books I still re-read often, although it is by no means a complete list of my favorites!):
the Betsy/Tacy books – the High School and older ones are my particular favorites.
the Little House books – I HATED the TV series!
the All-of-a-kind Family books – they made me want to be Jewish.
the Narnia books
the Great Brain books – Has anyone else read Fitzgerald’s memoirs for adults? Interesting look at the genesis of this fun series.
anything by Beverly Cleary – I prefer the Henry Huggins series to Ramona, though, for some reason. And Otis Spofford is my absolute favorite. Also, Cleary’s memoirs are fascinating.
anything by Rumer Godden – I want the last few paragraphs of The Doll’s House to be read at my funeral.
As for new children’s books… has anyone read Holes by Louis Sachar? Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Totally left Harry Potter in the dust, as far as I’m concerned. Although, I DID like the Harry books, too.