The Five Chinese Brothers (Paperstar): Claire Huchet Bishop, Kurt Wiese: This is a great example of a Chines folk tale (like our fairy tale) and has some very Chinese characteristics (emphasis on group/family/fate).
all books by Beverly Cleary - read every one Covington Library had (at least once)
Corduroy by Don Freeman is the first in a long series of picture books about little teddy bear. In this one he's living in an apartment store, forgotten on a shelf long enough he's lost one of his buttons. This book is part of my childhood!