But I can share from my meager experience of the books we have loved and drawn to our own hearts, the books that we return to and read again, even though we've memorized the story.
We do occasionally venture from the land of animals. Our other most-notable reads are all part of different series of books and all have girls as their main characters, but a good story knows no gender boundaries. Often I've excluded Gavin from a reading session, thinking he would be uninterested in a girlish book and find that he is sitting on the steps listening anyway.
Of all the books I've read aloud, perhaps my most favorite of all have been the Grandma's Attic series by Arleta Richardson. Perhaps that is why we have started reading this delightful series again this fall. The first four books in the series are groups of growing up stories about the author's grandmother. What fun to go back in time to the simple days of picnics on the lawn and hoop skirts. (The last six books in the series are also favorites of mine, but as they are about the author's grandmother as a teenager and young married women, I've not read those aloud yet.)
We spent many days in the late winter and spring reading though the Cobblestreet Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant. Cynthia Rylant is one of our favorite picture book authors so we knew we would love these picture-filled chapter books, too.