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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • The Three Bears 
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
  • The Purple Cow! (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen : One of R. Ca... (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Old King Cole (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Green Fairy Book, The (by )
  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • Raggedy Ann Stories (version 2) (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Raggedy Ann stories (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Puss in Boots 
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • The Swiss family Robinson (by )
  • Swiss Family Robinson, The (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Raven, The (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Madame How and Lady Why; Or, First Lesso... (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • Rocky Fork (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • The Story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • The thousand and one nights: the Arabian... (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • Island of Dr. Moreau, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • The Lost World (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • The Red True Story Book (by )
  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
  • Kim (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • Fathers and Sons 
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Great Expectations (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Blue Beard 
  • The Tempest (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of l... (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • Scarlet Letter, The (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedien... (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,... (by )
  • Origin of Species by Means of Natural Se... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Picture Of Dorian Gray (1891 Version), T... (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Iliad, The (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, Score Chr Bunyan (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Art of War, The (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
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