Oddly enough, lots of school children =have= had Narnia read to them, it
seems. Surely the ACLU will get on this sooner or later!
As for animal stories, I liked "Misty of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry,
but can't remember the story now, only the lovely illustrations.
Which reminds me, how can STARDUST by Gaiman be so good if, just a few months
later, I cannot even remember the hero's name, and have only a vague
recollection of the plot? It did have a nice Tolkien-ish flavor, but I put
it only at no. 3 on my ballot.
And I must say I disliked the steamy "obligatory sex scene," which was not
necessary. "And there he shut her wild wild eyes/With kisses four" is in my
opinion what you need, and all that you need, in this kind of story.