Top 25 Must Have Books by Age Category

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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The National Nursery Book 
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • Fairy Tales/By Hans Christian Andersen; ... (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • The Little Gingerbread Man (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Pollyanna (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories (by )
  • Raggedy Ann stories (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen : One of R. Ca... (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • The sleeping beauty (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Zanzibar Tales (by )
  • Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • What Shall We Do Now Over Five Hundred G... (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Sleeping Beauty (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • The Tale of Lam-Ang and the Fire Giant (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • General Principles of Zoology (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Royal Book of Oz : In Which the Scar... (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • Mysterious Island, The (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • The Magic Pudding (by )
  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • More magic pictures of the long ago; sto... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • White Fang (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • The War of the Worlds (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • Frankenstein (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
  • Fathers and Sons 
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln 
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • The phantom of the opera (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • Tom Brown's School Days : By Thomas Hugh... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Devil's Pool, The (by )
  • The House Without a Key (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • A Midsummer-Night's Dream (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Promised Land, The (by )
  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • Ben-Hur (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Mrs. Dalloway (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • The Republic, Score Plato Rep (by )
  • Silas Marner 
  • Republic, The (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • The genius (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Divine Comedy, The (by )
  • The Genius (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, Score Chr Bunyan (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
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