Top 25 Must Have Books by Age Category

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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Golden Goose Book, The (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • Velveteen Rabbit, The (by )
  • Little Bo Peep 
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • Baby's Lullaby Book : Mother Songs (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Story Hour; A Book for the Home and ... (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • The Curious Adventures of Cinderella, Or... 
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • The Story of Little Jane and Me (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes : ... (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • The History of Little Goody Two Shoes : ... (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • The Tale of Buster Bumblebee (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Heidi (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • King Arthur and His Knights (by )
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Children Stories (by )
  • The sleeping beauty (by )
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales and a H... (by )
  • Jungle Book, The (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • What Shall We Do Now Over Five Hundred G... (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • Bimbi. Stories for Children (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • A Christmas Carol, Score Etc Acc Volume Vol. III (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • The Hunting of the Snark (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • Wind in the Willows, The (version 2) (by )
  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Hans Brinker (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • The Raven (by )
  • Raven, The (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • The Story of Captain Meriwether Lewis an... (by )
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (by )
  • The Light Princess (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • A Little Princess (by )
  • The Sea Fairies (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • The Flower and the Star and Other Storie... (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • Water-Babies, The (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Kidnapped (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • Wonderful Adventures of Nils, The (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • The Red True Story Book (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • The Time Machine (by )
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (by )
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Call of the Wild, The (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • A Room with a View (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • A Capture the Castle (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • The War of the Worlds (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (version... (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
  • Three Good Giants Whose Famous Deeds Are... (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • White Fang (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Captain Blood (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln 
  • The Phantom of the Opera (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Tom Brown's schooldays (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Emma (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Sign of the Four and Other Stories (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Tempest, The (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • The Golden Bough (by )
  • The Rome Express (by )
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • Don Quixote - Vol. 1 (by )
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of l... (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • Metamorphosis (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Trial (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • Tartuffe (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Ben-Hur (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Utopia (by )
  • Anna Karenina -2 (by )
  • Walden; Or, Life in the Woods : Volume 2 (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • The yellow wallpaper (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets (by )
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The (by )
  • The Last of the Mohicans : a Tragedy, in... (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • The Art of War (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Prince (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
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