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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
  • The Tiny Picture Book 
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • The purple cow! (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Fairy Tales/By Hans Christian Andersen; ... (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Raggedy Andy Stories (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • Just so Stories (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • Ozma of Oz (version 3) (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • Hans Brinker (by )
  • Tale of Two Cities, A (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Winnetou I (by )
  • Raven, The (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • The thousand and one nights: the Arabian... (by )
  • Water-Babies, The (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
  • The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scare... (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • Broken Vase and Other Stories, The (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Great Stories of All Nations (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Three Good Giants Whose Famous Deeds Are... (by )
  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • Phantom of the Opera, The (version 2) (by )
  • Frankenstein (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (version 2) (by )
  • Oregon Trail, The (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Devil's Pool, The (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Sign of the Four, The (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (by )
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
  • The Coral Island (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Promised Land, The (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Prince and the Pauper, The (by )
  • Quo vadis (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Origin of Species (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • Faust I (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise,... (by )
  • Walden (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • The Republic (by )
  • War and Peace (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Babbitt (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, Score Chr Bunyan (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • The Genius (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solom... (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
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