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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The Three Bears 
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Raggedy Ann Stories (version 2) (by )
  • Old Roly Bear Visits His Cousins (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (version 3) (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • Children Stories (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • Puss in Boots 
  • Anne of Green Gables (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Black Beauty (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Tale of Two Cities, A (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • Little Princess, A (by )
  • Invisible Man, The (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • Railway Children, The (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (by )
  • 'Captains Courageous'' (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda : Being the Histor... (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Three Good Giants Whose Famous Deeds Are... (by )
  • Great Stories of All Nations (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • My Ántonia (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • The Phantom of the Opera (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Fathers and Sons 
  • A House-Boat on the Styx (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • The Sign of the Four and Other Stories (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Blue Beard 
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Letters from the Earth (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • Don Quixote - Vol. 1 (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (version 2) (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Origin of Species (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Lost Continent, The (Beyond Thirty) (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
  • Faust I (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets (by )
  • Walden (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • This Side of Paradise (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • The Last of the Mohicans : a Tragedy, in... (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • The genius (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • The Genius (by )
  • The Art of War (by )
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