Top 25 Must Have Books by Age Category

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Top Titles for Ages 2 to 5


  • Adventures of Goody Two Shoes (by )
  • The Story of Ferdinand (by )
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • The Little Engine That Could (by )
  • Baby's Own Aesop (by )
  • The Velveteen Rabbit; Or, How Toys Becom... (by )
  • Baby's Lullaby Book : Mother Songs (by )
  • Harrison's New Nursery Picture Book : Co... (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • The Fables of Aesop (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • Johnny Crow's Garden (by )
  • Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The National Nursery Book 
  • The Little People of the Snow (by )
  • The purple cow! (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Picture Book Garden 
  • Stories for Little Children (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
  • Adventures of Sonny Bear (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • Ozma of Oz (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • The Three Jovial Huntsmen (by )
  • The First Days of Man, As Narrated Quite... (by )
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars; (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • Stories for Children. First Reader Grade (by )
  • The Children's Book of Stars (by )
  • Beauty and the Beast (by )
  • The Dutch Twins (by )
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (by )
  • Bambi (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • The sleeping beauty (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • The Tale of Lam-Ang and the Fire Giant (by )
  • Puss in Boots (by )
  • Zanzibar tales told by natives of the ea... (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • What Shall We Do Now Over Five Hundred G... (by )
  • Rip Van Winkle (by )
  • Cottage Verses for Young Readers (by )
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (by )
  • Children Stories (by )
  • Anne of Green Gables (dramatic reading) (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (by )
  • The Swiss family Robinson (by )
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (version 2) (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • Blue Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Tanglewood Tales (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • The Wind in the Willows (by )
  • The Rose and the Ring (by )
  • A Christmas Carol, Score Etc Acc Volume Vol. III (by )
  • The Complete Book of Nonsense (by )
  • Read it LOUD!, Little Red Riding Hood (by )
  • The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Treasure Island (by )
  • The Four Million (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (by )
  • Children of Odin, The (by )
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (by )
  • Winnetou I (by )
  • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (by )
  • The Children of Odin (by )
  • The Prince and the Page (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • General Principles of Zoology (by )
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 
  • Madame How and Lady Why; Or, First Lesso... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • Jack, The Young Ranchman; Or, A Boy's Ad... (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian... (by )
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (by )
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (by )
  • Little Princess, A (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • The Water-Babies (by )
  • The Invisible Man (by )
  • Lost in the Jungle 
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Kim (by )
  • Land that Time Forgot, The (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • Captains Courageous (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • Tarzan of the Apes (by )
  • Kim (by )
  • Oliver Twist (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • Broken Vase and Other Stories, The (by )
  • Wonderful Adventures of Nils, The (by )
  • More Magic Pictures of the Long Ago; Sto... (by )
  • The wonderful adventures of Nils (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Fairy Tales from Shakespeare (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Nicholas Nickleby (by )
  • The monster and other stories (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 1 (by )
  • The Mark of Zorro (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • The story of Jack Ballister's fortunes (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Mayor of Casterbridge, The (by )
  • The Oregon Trail (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee (by )
  • The Story of My Life (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • The Story of Mankind (by )
  • Washington Square (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands, The (by )
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • The Phantom of the Opera (by )
  • Frankenstein : Or, The Modern Prometheus... (by )
  • Riddle of the Sands (by )
  • Tragedy of Macbeth, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • The Red Badge of Courage (by )
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (by )
  • The sign of the four and other stories (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • Golden Bough, The (by )
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
  • The Road Not Taken : An Introduction to ... (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Blue Beard 
  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • Agnes Grey (by )
  • Mansfield Park (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • Heart of Darkness (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • The Professor and Poems (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (by )
  • Promised Land, The (by )
  • The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Metamorphosis, The (by )
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • 1984 (by )
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stor... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Trial (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
  • Lost Continent, The (Beyond Thirty) (by )
  • Turn of the Screw, The (by )
  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H... (by )
  • The Woman in White (by )
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • Odyssey, The (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • Ivanhoe (by )
  • Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The (by )
  • Silas Marner 
  • Paradise Lost (by )
  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise,... (by )
  • Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • Madame Bovary (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Babbitt (by )
  • Tender Buttons (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • Vanity Fair (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (by )
  • Gulliver's Travels (by )
  • Moonfleet (by )
  • Decameron, The (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
  • New Atlantis, The (by )
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