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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The Three Bears 
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • The Tiny Picture Book 
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Fairy Tales/By Hans Christian Andersen; ... (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen : One of R. Ca... (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars; (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (version 3) (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • Green Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Raggedy Ann stories (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • The sleeping beauty (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • Children Stories (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Little Women (by )
  • General Principles of Zoology (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (by )
  • Raven, The (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • The Story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • Hans Brinker (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scare... (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The thousand and one nights: the Arabian... (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • King of the Golden River, The (by )
  • The Mysterious Island (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • The Red True Story Book (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Time Machine (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Emma (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Frankenstein (dramatic reading) (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • Oregon Trail, The (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Fathers and Sons 
  • Frankenstein : Or, The Modern Prometheus... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Great Expectations (version 2) (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • The House Without a Key (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Quo Vadis 
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Promised Land, The (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of l... (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Mrs. Dalloway (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Silas Marner 
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • The Brothers Karamazov (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Great Learning (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Great Learning 
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Genius (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
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