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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • The Little Gingerbread Man (by )
  • The Purple Cow! (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The purple cow! (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Old Roly Bear Visits His Cousins (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Old King Cole Mother Goose Melodies 
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two Shoes : ... (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Bambi ṿald mayśele (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Puss in Boots 
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Madame How and Lady Why; Or, First Lesso... (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (by )
  • Rocky Fork (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Island of Dr. Moreau, The (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Lost World, The (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • A Capture the Castle (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • The War of the Worlds (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Great Stories of All Nations (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • White Fang (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Emma (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The Barber of Seville; A Comic Opera in ... (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Tom Brown's School Days : By Thomas Hugh... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Tempest, The (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
  • The House Without a Key (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • Promised Land, The (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (version 2) (by )
  • Don Quixote - Vol. 1 (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Grapes of Wrath (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • To Have And To Hold (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,... (by )
  • Idiot, The (Part 01 and 02) (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • The Brothers Karamazov (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Iliad, The (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • The Art of War (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • Democracy in America (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • The genius (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Divine Comedy, The (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
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