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“Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White. The story of a barnyard friendship. “A perfect book,” DiCamillo says.

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham,” by Christopher Paul Curtis. An African-American family from Detroit witnesses the bombing of a church in Alabama in 1963.

“The Year of Billy Miller,” by Kevin Henkes. The adventures of a second-grade boy in Wisconsin.

“The Borrowers,” by Mary Norton. A series of books about a family of tiny people who live in the floorboards of homes.

“All of a Kind Family,” by Sydney Taylor. The first in a series of books about a big Jewish family in New York in the early 1900s.