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No matter when you grew up, you’re bound to have a favorite childhood read or two, those books that transported you to other worlds and lives, even for a few pages. These standout reads, told to Read It Forward by our readers, might remind you of some of your stalwart earliest books—and even encourage you to revisit those treasured characters once more. For kids from 5 to 105, these childhood classics hold lessons, truths, and some of the most standout literary characters of all time!
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