The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams, William  Nicholson

This story is actually one of my all-time favorites. It is the story of love and friendship and something that children can really relate to at a young age. Many students in the younger grades will have a stuffed animal or a significant item in their life that they feel means everything to them. I would use this in any grade K through 4 common but for my first graders I would have them write a story about their own Velveteen Rabbit.