My favorite books growing up were the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, C.S. Lewis, and Russian folklore. They shaped my imagination and love for this genre. My fondest childhood memory was waiting every weekend for the "Family Film Festival", hosted by Tom Hatten, who also gave great commentaries about the film being shown.
And a personal note: I often laugh at my foibles. I have a thick skin, so it takes a lot of energy and wasted time to ignite my ire, but once you strike a chord, beware: I have a sharp tongue and won't be shy to use it.