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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • Fairy Tales/By Hans Christian Andersen; ... (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • The Purple Cow! (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Old King Cole (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (version 3) (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars; (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • Bambi (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two Shoes : ... (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
  • Just so Stories : For Little Children (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen : One of R. Ca... (by )
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • The sleeping beauty (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Swiss Family Robinson, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Rocky Fork (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Tale of Two Cities, A (by )
  • Hans Brinker; Or, The Silver Skates : A ... (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • The story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • General Principles of Zoology (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • Railway Children, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • The Mysterious Island (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • Mysterious Island, The (by )
  • Wide, Wide World, The (by )
  • Little Princess, A (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • The Lost World (by )
  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • Lost World, The (by )
  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • Call of the Wild, The (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (by )
  • War of the Worlds, The (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • Mayor of Casterbridge, The (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • Phantom of the Opera, The (version 2) (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • The Canterbury Tales (by )
  • Emma (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Devil's Pool, The (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • A Midsummer-Night's Dream (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Sign of the Four, The (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Promised Land, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of l... (by )
  • Quo vadis (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • Animal Farm (by )
  • Origin of Species by Means of Natural Se... (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Odyssey, The (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Walden (by )
  • Silas Marner 
  • The Iliad (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • The Brothers Karamazov (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • The genius (by )
  • The Great Learning 
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
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