When our parents read to us, they always read from anthologies, so we heard stories about children from other lands; or the childhoods of famous people like Clara Barton, Abraham Lincoln or Buffalo Bill; fables, legends, myths and folk tales from all over the world; tales of magic or fantasy. I loved the variety.
when I started reading myself to sleep, my favorites were Scholastic books, the kind you used to order at school from The Weekly Reader. Here are some of my favorites:
Now I like literature textbooks, because they have a variety of stories vetted by university professors authored by contemporary writers. It gives me a chance to sample many authors that I might not otherwise be aware of.