One of my favorite authors is Katherine Paterson. I loved her book of memoirs, Stories of My Life.
For my kids, I am drawn to books with outstanding illustrations, like this beautiful animal book by Alan Baker: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Tiny-Mice-Mouse-Eye-Exploration/dp/1629146277
Two of my favorite books about writing are Stephen King's On Writing and Gail Carson Levine's Writing Magic.
I love reading -- to myself, to my kids, from a book, on an iBook, at the library, on a plane...you get the picture. Here are some of my current favorites.