Great leads and endings:

The Paper Boy by Dav Pilkey
Bigmama's and Shortcut by Donald Crews
Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
Whistling by Elizabeth Partridge
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Great Narration:

Own Moon by Jane Yolen
Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
The Paper Boy by Dav Pilkey
Whistling by Elizabeth Partridge