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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Old Roly Bear Visits His Cousins (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Bambi ṿald mayśele (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • The Sleeping Beauty (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • Children Stories (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • The Tale of Lam-Ang and the Fire Giant (by )
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Swiss Family Robinson, The (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • Invisible Man, The (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • The Lost World (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • More magic pictures of the long ago; sto... (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda : Being the Histor... (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • My Ántonia (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (version... (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • The Barber of Seville; A Comic Opera in ... (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands, The (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Phantom of the Opera, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln 
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Sign of the Four, The (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • Dracula (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • The Grapes of Wrath (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • To Have And To Hold (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • Faust I (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
  • Odyssey, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Utopia (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Great Learning 
  • The Genius (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Last of the Mohicans : a Tragedy, in... (by )
  • The Great Learning (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • The Art of War (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
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