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Top 25 Must Have Books by Age Category

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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Just so Stories (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Puss in Boots 
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Winnetou I (by )
  • The Story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • Rocky Fork (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • The story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • Island of Dr. Moreau, The (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • Little Princess, A (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • The Prisoner of Zenda (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • 'Captains Courageous'' (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • Kim (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • The Lost World (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (version... (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Great Stories of All Nations (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (by )
  • My Ántonia (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Macbeth (by )
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • Phantom of the Opera, The (version 2) (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (version 2) (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Blue Beard 
  • Dracula (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • The House Without a Key (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • Letters from the Earth (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Quo vadis (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Trial (by )
  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience Versio... (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Republic, The (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • The Republic (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The (by )
  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • Divine Comedy, The (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Prince, The (Version 2) (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • The Prince (by )
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