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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • The Three Bears 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Johnny Crow's Garden (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Little Red Balloon (by )
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • The Tiny Picture Book 
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • Just so Stories : For Little Children (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Raggedy Ann Stories (version 2) (by )
  • Little Almond Blossoms : A Book of Chine... (by )
  • Old King Cole Mother Goose Melodies 
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
  • Happy Prince and Other Tales, The (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Children Stories (by )
  • King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • Puss in Boots 
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Hans Brinker; Or, The Silver Skates : A ... (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • Rocky Fork (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Ben Comee : A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, ... (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Island of Dr. Moreau, The (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • Three Musketeers, The (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • Railway Children, The (by )
  • Wide, Wide World, The (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • More magic pictures of the long ago; sto... (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
  • Call of the Wild, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • The War of the Worlds (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • My Ántonia (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Canterbury Tales, The (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • House-Boat on the Styx, A (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • A House-Boat on the Styx (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (version 2) (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • The Phantom of the Opera (by )
  • Frankenstein (dramatic reading) (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Sign of the Four, The (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • A Midsummer-Night's Dream (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of l... (by )
  • Man Who Would Be King, The (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • The tragedy of Julius Caesar (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise,... (by )
  • Mrs. Dalloway (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • This Side of Paradise (by )
  • Republic, The (by )
  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • The yellow wallpaper (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • The Age of Innocence (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Prince (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Democracy in America (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
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