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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Little Mary; Or, The Picture-Book 
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • The Three Bears 
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • Baby's Lullaby Book : Mother Songs (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • The Purple Cow! (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden (by )
  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Children's Book of Stars; (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • Just so Stories (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • Old Roly Bear (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • Bambi (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Dickens' Stories about Children Every Ch... (by )
  • Jungle Book, The (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • The Sleeping Beauty (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Winnetou I (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • Rocky Fork (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The thousand and one nights: the Arabian... (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • Mysterious Island, The (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda : Being the Histor... (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
  • 'Captains Courageous'' (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • Broken Vase and Other Stories, The (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • Call of the Wild, The (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • My Antonia (by )
  • Great Stories of All Nations (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • My Ántonia (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands, The (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • The Barber of Seville; A Comic Opera in ... (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • Rome Express, The (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • The Adventures of Captain Horn (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (by )
  • The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (version 2) (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Lost Continent, The (Beyond Thirty) (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • Thirty-nine Steps, The (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • Odyssey, The (by )
  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Iliad, The (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Walden (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Picture Of Dorian Gray (1891 Version), T... (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The New Atlantis (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, Score Chr Bunyan (by )
  • The genius (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Art of War, The (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (by )
  • Divine Comedy, The (by )
  • Prince, The (Version 2) (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Last of the Mohicans, The (by )
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