Top 25 Must Have Books by Age Category

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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The Three Bears 
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • Johnny Crow's Garden (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • The Purple Cow! (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • Raggedy Ann stories (by )
  • Old Roly Bear Visits His Cousins (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • Old King Cole (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
  • Just so Stories : For Little Children (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Green Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Raggedy Ann Stories (version 2) (by )
  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • Bambi (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Heidi (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Light Princess (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • The story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • The Story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • Little Women (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • The Mysterious Island (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • Water-Babies, The (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Kim (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • 'Captains Courageous'' (by )
  • Red true story book (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Red True Story Book (by )
  • Lost World, The (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Tom Brown's schooldays (by )
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln 
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Rome Express, The (by )
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Hamlet (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Letters from the Earth (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Don Quixote - Vol. 1 (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Lost Continent, The (Beyond Thirty) (by )
  • Julius Caesar (by )
  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,... (by )
  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • The Age of Innocence (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • The yellow wallpaper (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Great Learning 
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • The Art of War (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
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