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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • Baby's Lullaby Book : Mother Songs (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes : ... (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Just so Stories (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • Old King Cole Mother Goose Melodies 
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Raggedy Ann stories (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Zanzibar Tales (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • The Tale of Lam-Ang and the Fire Giant (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know : Tales f... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Little Women (by )
  • Hans Brinker (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Hans Brinker; Or, The Silver Skates : A ... (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • General Principles of Zoology (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz : In Which the Scar... (by )
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scare... (by )
  • Railway Children, The (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Wide, Wide World, The (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Red true story book (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda : Being the Histor... (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Around the World in Eighty Days (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • Three Good Giants Whose Famous Deeds Are... (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Great Stories of All Nations (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Tom Brown's School Days (by )
  • Oregon Trail, The (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • Tom Brown's schooldays (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (version 2) (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Coral Island (by )
  • Great Expectations (version 2) (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • The Rome Express (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The House Without a Key (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • Ben-Hur (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Scarlet Letter, The (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • The Sonnets (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • The Republic (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Bleak House (by )
  • Divine Comedy, The (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • A Raisin in the Sun Unabridged 25Th Anni... (by )
  • Democracy in America (by )
  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
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