Here will be a growing list of people's favorite authors.
Children's books recommendations:
Sarah Plain and Tall
Chronicles of Narnia
Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
Where the Red Fern Grows
Summer of the Monkeys
The Guardians of Ga'Hool by Kathryn Lasky
Legend of the Guardians
All the Dr. Seuss Books
Are you my Mother?
Little House on the Prairie Series