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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • The Tiny Picture Book 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes : ... (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • Bambi ṿald mayśele (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • Old King Cole Mother Goose Melodies 
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Heidi (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • Puss in Boots 
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know : Tales f... (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • The Swiss family Robinson (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Raven, The (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • Hans Brinker (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Madame How and Lady Why; Or, First Lesso... (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scare... (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda : Being the Histor... (by )
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Time Machine (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Broken Vase and Other Stories, The (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • Wonderful Adventures of Nils, The (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • My Ántonia (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • Tom Brown's School Days : By Thomas Hugh... (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • Canterbury Tales, The (by )
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Mayor of Casterbridge, The (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Sign of the Four and Other Stories (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
  • Rome Express, The (by )
  • Devil's Pool, The (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Quo vadis (by )
  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • Faust I (by )
  • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,... (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Iliad, The (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Great Learning (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • The New Atlantis (by )
  • The Art of War (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
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