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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Three Bears 
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The National Nursery Book 
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Raggedy Andy Stories (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • Old King Cole Mother Goose Melodies 
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes : ... (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen : One of R. Ca... (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Anne of Green Gables (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (th... (by )
  • Puss in Boots 
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • Children Stories (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • A Christmas Carol, Score Etc Acc Volume Vol. III (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • General Principles of Zoology (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom ... (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scare... (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • Railway Children, The (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • A Room with a View (by )
  • The Time Machine (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Magic Pudding (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • More magic pictures of the long ago; sto... (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • Red true story book (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • War of the Worlds, The (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • A House-Boat on the Styx (by )
  • Phantom of the Opera, The (version 2) (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • Canterbury Tales, The (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln 
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • Emma (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Sign of the Four, The (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • The Sign of the Four and Other Stories (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Rome Express, The (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Devil's Pool, The (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • Promised Land, The (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • Don Quixote - Vol. 1 (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • Scarlet Letter, The (by )
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • The Grapes of Wrath (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Utopia (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Iliad, The (by )
  • The yellow wallpaper (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • The Republic (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The New Atlantis (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • A Raisin in the Sun Unabridged 25Th Anni... (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Democracy in America (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • The Great Learning (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (by )
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