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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The Three Bears 
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two Shoes : ... (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Raggedy Ann stories (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes : ... (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • The Sleeping Beauty (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know : Tales f... (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (th... (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Swiss Family Robinson, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Hans Brinker; Or, The Silver Skates : A ... (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • Madame How and Lady Why; Or, First Lesso... (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • King of the Golden River, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom ... (by )
  • Water-Babies, The (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz : In Which the Scar... (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • Little Princess, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Lost World, The (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • The War of the Worlds (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • Tom Brown's School Days (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • A House-Boat on the Styx (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Frankenstein : Or, The Modern Prometheus... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • The Coral Island (by )
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Letters from the Earth (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • The Grapes of Wrath (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Faust I (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • The yellow wallpaper (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • The Republic (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Nostromo (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Divine Comedy, The (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • The Genius (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
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