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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The purple cow! (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Old Roly Bear Visits His Cousins (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Old King Cole (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (by )
  • Old King Cole Mother Goose Melodies 
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • Bambi ṿald mayśele (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know : Tales f... (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • Zanzibar Tales (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (th... (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • A Christmas Carol, Score Etc Acc Volume Vol. III (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Madame How and Lady Why; Or, First Lesso... (by )
  • Hans Brinker; Or, The Silver Skates : A ... (by )
  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • The story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scare... (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • Mysterious Island, The (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Three Musketeers, The (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The thousand and one nights: the Arabian... (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Wide, Wide World, The (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (by )
  • Lost World, The (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The House Without a Key (by )
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (by )
  • A Midsummer-Night's Dream (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Blue Beard 
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Great Expectations (version 2) (by )
  • Rome Express, The (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Letters from the Earth (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,... (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Faust I (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • The Origin of Species (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • Origin of Species by Means of Natural Se... (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
  • Scarlet Letter, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Republic, The (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Iliad, The (by )
  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Prince, The (Version 2) (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
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