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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • Baby's Lullaby Book : Mother Songs (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • Fairy Tales/By Hans Christian Andersen; ... (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The Little Gingerbread Man (by )
  • The Purple Cow! (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen : One of R. Ca... (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Bambi ṿald mayśele (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Puss in Boots 
  • Children Stories (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Hans Brinker (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Hans Brinker; Or, The Silver Skates : A ... (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Raven, The (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Tale of Two Cities, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • Island of Dr. Moreau, The (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • Invisible Man, The (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • The Lost World (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • Lost World, The (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • My Ántonia (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Emma (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • The Phantom of the Opera (by )
  • Canterbury Tales, The (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Tom Brown's School Days (by )
  • Fathers and Sons 
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • Lost Continent, The (Beyond Thirty) (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • This Side of Paradise (by )
  • The Republic (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Silas Marner 
  • The Age of Innocence (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The (by )
  • A Raisin in the Sun Unabridged 25Th Anni... (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • The Last of the Mohicans : a Tragedy, in... (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • Prince, The (Version 2) (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Great Learning (by )
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