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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Little Red Hen 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Tiny Picture Book 
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The purple cow! (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two Shoes : ... (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • Old King Cole (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen : One of R. Ca... (by )
  • Old Roly Bear Visits His Cousins (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • Bambi ṿald mayśele (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • Jungle Book, The (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Zanzibar Tales (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • What Shall We Do Now Over Five Hundred G... (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • The story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • General Principles of Zoology (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • Railway Children, The (by )
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Call of the Wild, The (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Lost World (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • The War of the Worlds (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Frankenstein : Or, The Modern Prometheus... (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • Great Expectations (version 2) (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Hamlet (by )
  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of l... (by )
  • Letters from the Earth (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • The Origin of Species (by )
  • To Have And To Hold (by )
  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • Ben-Hur (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise,... (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • This Side of Paradise (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • The yellow wallpaper (by )
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Great Learning (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
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