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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Little Gingerbread Man (by )
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The purple cow! (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Just so Stories : For Little Children (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The sleeping beauty (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Jungle Book, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Swiss Family Robinson, The (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Raven, The (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • Hans Brinker; Or, The Silver Skates : A ... (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Winnetou I (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
  • The Story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Little Princess, A (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Mysterious Island (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz : In Which the Scar... (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom ... (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (by )
  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (by )
  • Call of the Wild, The (by )
  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
  • 'Captains Courageous'' (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • War of the Worlds, The (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • The Barber of Seville; A Comic Opera in ... (by )
  • Oregon Trail, The (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The phantom of the opera (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Rome Express, The (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • The Rome Express (by )
  • A Midsummer-Night's Dream (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Dracula (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (version 2) (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,... (by )
  • To Have And To Hold (by )
  • Origin of Species by Means of Natural Se... (by )
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience Versio... (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Walden (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Republic, The (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • The yellow wallpaper (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • The Great Learning 
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The New Atlantis (by )
  • A Raisin in the Sun Unabridged 25Th Anni... (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solom... (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
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