The book I would write (if I had the patience and diligence) has already been written. Phew!
Check out Girl with Glasses: My Optic History. And check out its web site. It includes the GWG reading list: Anastasia Krupnik, Ghost World, Harriet the Spy... (Only the library of my life!)
Found out about this book through the ever amusing and bespectacled Que Sera Sera.