We read children's books for the illustrations and the words, and the story these pictures and letters somehow magically create. Children's books often stay with us--some we remember more than others, and we read them again and again. My old favorites include The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Miss Suzy by Miriam Young, and Nothing Ever Happens On My Block by Ellen Raskin. Some new favorites are Skippy jon Jones by Judith Byron Schachner and the Frannie K. Stein, Mad Scientist series by Jim Benton. The children's writer "wanna-be" in me appreciates anything written by Richard Peck, Louis Sacher, Christopher Paul Curtis and Kimberly Willis Holt. And, I can't forget nonfiction.