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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Little Red Hen 
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • The Little Gingerbread Man (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • The Purple Cow! (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Raggedy Ann stories (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two Shoes : ... (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars; (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Children Stories (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Tale of Two Cities, A (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • White Fang (by )
  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (version... (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Phantom of the Opera, The (version 2) (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (by )
  • Canterbury Tales, The (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Frankenstein (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Great Expectations (version 2) (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Quo Vadis 
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • Lost Continent, The (Beyond Thirty) (by )
  • Julius Caesar (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Iliad, The (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Bleak House (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Great Learning (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
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