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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Baby's Lullaby Book : Mother Songs (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Fairy Tales/By Hans Christian Andersen; ... (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Just so Stories : For Little Children (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Old King Cole Mother Goose Melodies 
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Anne of Green Gables (by )
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (th... (by )
  • The Sleeping Beauty (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • The Swiss family Robinson (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Tale of Two Cities, A (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Rocky Fork (by )
  • Winnetou I (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • Invisible Man, The (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Island of Dr. Moreau, The (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • The Mysterious Island (by )
  • Three Musketeers, The (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (by )
  • 'Captains Courageous'' (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Red True Story Book (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda : Being the Histor... (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Around the World in Eighty Days (version... (by )
  • My Ántonia (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Emma (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • The Phantom of the Opera (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Oregon Trail, The (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The Coral Island (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Great Expectations (version 2) (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Sign of the Four and Other Stories (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • Sign of the Four, The (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • King Lear (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • Quo vadis (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (version 2) (by )
  • Letters from the Earth (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • The Grapes of Wrath (by )
  • The Trial (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • Republic, The (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise,... (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • The Republic (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • A Raisin in the Sun Unabridged 25Th Anni... (by )
  • The Great Learning 
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • The genius (by )
  • The Genius (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
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