Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
I read this book when I was in elementary school, and now I'm reading it again to get ready and read it to my homeroom class. Mrs. Frisby is a mother fieldmouse that must take care of her very sick son. The Frisbys must move from their home before it is destroyed, but the youngest son, Timothy, is too sick to move. The action rises, and Mrs. Frisby is introduced to the the Rats of NIMH, a group of very smart and very mysterious rats. Can the Rats of NIMH help save Timothy before it's too late? You'll have to read the book to find out. This story is a 3rd person limited-omniscient narrative with excellent characterization, and a very creative plot.
For my classes:
The Civil War by Bruce Catton
I have a lot of history books, but this is one of my favorites because it is written as a narrative. The events are told like a story, and I like that much better than just information written as boring facts. I do not read this from beginning to end all the time, but I do go back and review it, so that I don't forget the people (most of them had long, funny beards), battles (they each had 2 different names), and other important information. I go over different parts before I teach them to my students. I wouldn't be a very good teacher if I taught you the wrong information, would I?