Top 25 Must Have Books by Age Category

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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • The House That Jack Built (by )
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • The Ugly Duckling (by )
  • Three Little Pigs 
  • Three Blind Mice (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Denslow's Three Bears (by )
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin .. (by )
  • The Three Bears 
  • Little Bo-Peep; A Nursery Rhyme Picture ... 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • The Marquis of Carabas Picture Book 
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The Little Gingerbread Man (by )
  • The purple cow! (by )
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • The Tiny Picture Book 
  • Aunt Friendly's Gift (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories 
  • Little Tot's Picture Book (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Raggedy Ann stories (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories : Introducing the L... (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Go... (by )
  • Mrs. Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Just so Stories (by )
  • Old King Cole (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories (by )
  • Just so Stories : For Little Children (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • The Tale of Lam-Ang and the Fire Giant (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • The story of King Arthur and his knights (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Rainbows for Children (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Lilliput Legends 
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • Second Jungle Book, The (by )
  • The Story of David Copperfield for Child... (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • A Christmas Carol, Score Etc Acc Volume Vol. III (by )
  • Hunting of the Snark, The (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • The Blue Fairy Book (by )
  • The Little Story-Teller : A Selection of... 
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • Swiss Family Robinson, The (by )
  • Piccino, And Other Child Stories (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • The Light Princess (by )
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Dutch Courage and Other Stories (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by )
  • Winnetou I (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • Winnetou, The Apache Knight (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • Three Musketeers, The (by )
  • King of the Golden River, The (by )
  • The Mysterious Island (by )
  • Water-Babies, The (by )
  • Cricket on the Hearth, The (by )
  • Eyebright : A Story (by )
  • Island of Dr. Moreau, The (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • The Wide, Wide World (by )
  • Sea Fairies, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (by )
  • 'Captains Courageous'' (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • Stories of World History (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • More magic pictures of the long ago; sto... (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (by )
  • The Making of the Great West, 1512-1883 (by )
  • Secret Garden, The (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Wonderful Adventures of Nils, The (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • Red true story book (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Stories from Livy (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • Old Curiosity Shop, The (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, T... (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (by )
  • Pygmalion (by )
  • Great Stories of All Nations (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • Macbeth (by )
  • The Princess and the Goblin (by )
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour... (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • Tom Brown's School Days : By Thomas Hugh... (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • The phantom of the opera (by )
  • The Phantom of the Opera (by )
  • A House-Boat on the Styx (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (by )
  • The Tale of Genji (by )
  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • The House Without a Key (by )
  • Crime and Punishment (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • The Writings of Mark Twain : Volume 1 (by )
  • Great Expectations (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • A Midsummer-Night's Dream (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction To ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Quo Vadis 
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • Quo vadis (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • King Lear (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Lorna Doone (by )
  • Shakespeare's King Lear (by )
  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • The Promised Land, By Mary Antin; (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Promised Land, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Lost Continent, The (Beyond Thirty) (by )
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • Wuthering Heights (by )
  • To Have and to Hold (by )
  • Scarlet Letter, The (by )
  • The Odyssey (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • The Republic (by )
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Picture Of Dorian Gray (1891 Version), T... (by )
  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • Iliad, The (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Mrs. Dalloway (by )
  • Utopia (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • Walden (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • The Sun Also Rises (by )
  • The Dialogues of Plato (by )
  • Democracy in America (by )
  • Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchause... (by )
  • The New Atlantis (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munch... (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • The Great Learning 
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
  • A Raisin in the Sun Unabridged 25Th Anni... (by )
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