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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • The Three Bears 
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • The Tiny Picture Book 
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Green Fairy Book, The (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Old King Cole (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The sleeping beauty (by )
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • The Tale of Lam-Ang and the Fire Giant (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Sleeping Beauty (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • Swiss Family Robinson, The (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • The Swiss family Robinson (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Four Million, The (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • Wide, Wide World, The (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
  • The Mysterious Island (by )
  • Little Princess, A (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • The Lost World (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • Stories of World History (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • More magic pictures of the long ago; sto... (by )
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Tom Brown's School Days (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • A House-Boat on the Styx (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Fathers and Sons 
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Don Quixote - Vol. 1 (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Grapes of Wrath (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Odyssey, The (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Idiot, The (Part 01 and 02) (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Lost Continent, The (Beyond Thirty) (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • War and Peace (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Walden (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • Utopia (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Last of the Mohicans : a Tragedy, in... (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Divine Comedy, The (by )
  • The Art of War (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
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