Top 25 Must Have Books by Age Category

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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • The Three Bears 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • Baby's Abc Book 
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The Purple Cow! (by )
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes : ... (by )
  • Green Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Children Stories (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (by )
  • Zanzibar Tales (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Puss in Boots 
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Tale of Two Cities, A (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • The Four Million (by )
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (by )
  • The story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom ... (by )
  • The thousand and one nights: the Arabian... (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Railway Children, The (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • Little Princess, A (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • The Lost World (by )
  • Red true story book (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (by )
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • War of the Worlds, The (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Three Good Giants Whose Famous Deeds Are... (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • Fathers and Sons 
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Phantom of the Opera, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (version 2) (by )
  • Tom Brown's schooldays (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • Great Expectations (version 2) (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • The House Without a Key (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of l... (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • Origin of Species by Means of Natural Se... (by )
  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • The Grapes of Wrath (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • The Brothers Karamazov (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • This Side of Paradise (by )
  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Great Learning (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Art of War, The (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
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