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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Baby's Abc Book 
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • House that Jack Built, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • Aesops Fables (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • Pets and Playmates 
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes : ... (by )
  • Old King Cole (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Raggedy Ann Stories (version 2) (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Green Fairy Book, The (by )
  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars; (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Bimbi : Stories for Children (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • What shall we do now? Over five hundred ... (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables Illustrated by Anon... (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
  • Christmas Carol, A (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • Nan (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • A Christmas Carol, Score Etc Acc Volume Vol. III (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Light Princess, The (by )
  • The Peterkin Papers (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • Carrots, Just a Little Boy and a Christm... (by )
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (by )
  • Hans Brinker (by )
  • Rocky Fork (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Three Musketeers, The (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • Water-Babies, The (by )
  • The Three Musketeers (by )
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (by )
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (by )
  • The Time Machine (by )
  • The Red True Story Book (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • The Magic Pudding (by )
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Countess Julie (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • War of the Worlds, The (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • Fathers and Sons 
  • Macbeth (by )
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Sister Carrie (by )
  • The phantom of the opera (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • Red Badge of Courage, The (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • A Midsummer-Night's Dream (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • King Lear (by )
  • Don Quixote - Vol. 1 (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • Quo Vadis 
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience Versio... (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Odyssey, The (by )
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A (by )
  • Scarlet Letter, The (by )
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • War and Peace, Book 01: 1805 (by )
  • Republic, The (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • The Age of Innocence (by )
  • This side of paradise (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • The Republic, Score Plato Rep (by )
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Democracy in America (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Beyond Good and Evil (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
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