Task 1: What was your favorite children’s book growing up? Your favorite middle grade book?
For children's book, it's hands down The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone. I absolutely adored it as a child, and read it over and over and over. As a preschool teacher, I get to introduce it to a new class every year.
My favorite middle grade book is Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. I read my copy until it fell apart. Several years ago, my local library had this huge book sale (which, sadly has never been repeated), and I found the edition of Chocolate Fever I had as a child, same cover and everything. Got if for a nickel.