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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • The Three Bears 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Fairy Tales/By Hans Christian Andersen; ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Pollyanna (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Bambi ṿald mayśele (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Just so Stories (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Nan (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Winnetou I (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • The Raven (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz : In Which the Scar... (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • The thousand and one nights: the Arabian... (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scare... (by )
  • Wide, Wide World, The (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom ... (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda : Being the Histor... (by )
  • The Time Machine (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • Broken Vase and Other Stories, The (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (by )
  • More magic pictures of the long ago; sto... (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • Kim (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • The War of the Worlds (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (version... (by )
  • My Ántonia (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Coral Island (by )
  • Devil's Pool, The (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • The House Without a Key (by )
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Quo vadis (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
  • The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Ben-Hur (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • The Republic, Score Plato Rep (by )
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Silas Marner 
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The genius (by )
  • The New Atlantis (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
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