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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Little Gingerbread Man (by )
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (version 3) (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen : One of R. Ca... (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars; (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • Raggedy Ann Stories (version 2) (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • The Sleeping Beauty (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know : Tales f... (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (th... (by )
  • King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • What Shall We Do Now Over Five Hundred G... (by )
  • Heidi (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Four Million (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Winnetou I (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Raven, The (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Invisible Man, The (by )
  • Mysterious Island, The (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Wide, Wide World, The (by )
  • Three Musketeers, The (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Broken Vase and Other Stories, The (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Kim (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Great Stories of All Nations (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands, The (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • The phantom of the opera (by )
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln 
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • Tom Brown's School Days : By Thomas Hugh... (by )
  • Tom Brown's schooldays (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • Sign of the Four, The (by )
  • Blue Beard 
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • The Coral Island (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • Letters from the Earth (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • To Have And To Hold (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Julius Caesar (by )
  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise,... (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
  • Mrs. Dalloway (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Last of the Mohicans : a Tragedy, in... (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solom... (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
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