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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
  • Old King Cole (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars; (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • Just so Stories : For Little Children (by )
  • Old Roly Bear Visits His Cousins (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know : Tales f... (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • The Tale of Lam-Ang and the Fire Giant (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • What Shall We Do Now Over Five Hundred G... (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Black Beauty (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • Madame How and Lady Why; Or, First Lesso... (by )
  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (by )
  • Raven, The (by )
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (by )
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Wide, Wide World, The (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Magic Pudding (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (version... (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • War of the Worlds, The (by )
  • White Fang (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Emma (by )
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • A House-Boat on the Styx (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln 
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • The Rome Express (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Sign of the Four and Other Stories (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (version 2) (by )
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of l... (by )
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • Quo vadis (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • 1984 (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Origin of Species by Means of Natural Se... (by )
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Ben-Hur (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • To Have And To Hold (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • Faust I (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Iliad, The (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Silas Marner 
  • Mrs. Dalloway (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The (by )
  • The Great Learning (by )
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Democracy in America (by )
  • The Art of War (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • The Last of the Mohicans : a Tragedy, in... (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
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