What literary piece do you want your kids to love or to live up to?
Harry Potter series. It's one of the best YA novels around, that's for sure. Not only does it have a good narrative and writing, but there are also loads you kids can learn in terms of life lessons.
Little Prince is a must read for every kid. It's said that a person will have a different interpretation of the book in different stages of his life. It's a must read for everyone!
"Invictus" by William Earnest Henley. Then temper that off with a healty dose of "Psalms 23".