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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Baby's Lullaby Book : Mother Songs (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Picture Book Garden 
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • The purple cow! (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Bambi ṿald mayśele (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Just so Stories (by )
  • Green Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (th... (by )
  • Children Stories (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scare... (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz : In Which the Scar... (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • Little Princess, A (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • Mysterious Island, The (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda : Being the Histor... (by )
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (by )
  • The Red True Story Book (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • Broken Vase and Other Stories, The (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Time Machine (by )
  • The Lost World (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • The War of the Worlds (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (version... (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Macbeth (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Tom Brown's schooldays (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • The Barber of Seville; A Comic Opera in ... (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln 
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Canterbury Tales, The (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Rome Express, The (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • A Midsummer-Night's Dream (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (version 2) (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise,... (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • The Republic, Score Plato Rep (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Babbitt (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solom... (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
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