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 House That Jack Built (by )
  • The Story of the Three Bears 
  • The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book (by )
  • The velveteen rabbit; or, How toys becom... (by )
  • The Golden Goose Book, Being the Stories... (by )
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Baby's Lullaby Book : Mother Songs (by )
  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes : A Collec... (by )
  • Harry's Ladder to Learning 
  • Johnny Crow's Party; Another Picture Boo... (by )
  • Mother Goose's nursery rhymes : a collec... (by )
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit (by )
  • Story of the Three Little Pigs, The (by )
  • Mother Earth's Children; The Frolics of ... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 6


  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • The Little Red Balloon (by )
  • Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and ... (by )
  • Adventures of Maya the Bee, The (by )
  • The Tale of Ferdinand Frog (by )
  • The Wise Gray Cat (by )
  • Johnny Crow's Garden; A Picture Book (by )
  • Purple Cow, The (by )
  • Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit... (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper... 
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (by )
  • The Adventures of Maya, The Bee (by )
  • The Story of Chicken Little: Rhymed and ... (by )
  • The National Nursery Book : Comprising :... 
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Top Titles for Age 7


  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridg... (by )
  • Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Li... (by )
  • A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales : Fo... 
  • Ozma de Oz (by )
  • Green Fairy Book, The (by )
  • Just So Stories (version 3) (by )
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by )
  • Old King Cole Mother Goose Melodies 
  • The Green Fairy Book (by )
  • Song of Hiawatha, The (by )
  • A Book of Discoveries (by )
  • Raggedy Ann Stories (version 2) (by )
  • The Song of Hiawatha (by )
  • Dutch Twins, The (by )
  • Pollyanna (by )
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Top Titles for Age 8


  • Lilliput Legends 
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (th... (by )
  • Heidi (by )
  • The Jungle Book (by )
  • The Phantom Rickshaw (by )
  • Five Children and It, Version 2 (by )
  • Five Children and It (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know (by )
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (by )
  • Heroes Every Child Should Know : Tales f... (by )
  • The Tale of Lam-Ang and the Fire Giant (by )
  • Understood Betsy (by )
  • The Cuckoo Clock (by )
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Top Titles for Age 9


  • Last Fairy Tales (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The Second Jungle Book (by )
  • David Copperfield (by )
  • The Troll Garden (by )
  • Precious things: or, Winning words for y... (by )
  • The Adventures of Columbus : Early Ameri... (by )
  • Peter and Wendy (by )
  • King Solomon's Mines (by )
  • The Wonder Clock (by )
  • Nature Myths and Stories for Little Chil... (by )
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The History of Little Red Riding Hood 
  • What Katy Did at School (by )
  • The Swiss family Robinson (by )
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Top Titles for Age 10


  • Under the Lilacs (by )
  • Peterkin Papers, The (by )
  • Under the lilacs (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • A Tale of Two Cities (by )
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hor... (by )
  • Black Beauty (by )
  • Treasure Island (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • Little Women (by )
  • The Raven (by )
  • The Fairchild Family (by )
  • Ben Comee; A Tale of Rogers's Rangers 17... (by )
  • The Thousand and One Nights, A New Tr. B... (by )
  • Under the Lilacs (by )
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Top Titles for Age 11


  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • The Railway Children (by )
  • Three Musketeers, The (by )
  • Pride and Prejudice (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (by )
  • The King of the Golden River (by )
  • The Children's Book of Christmas Stories (by )
  • Children's Book of Christmas Stories, Th... (by )
  • The Crescent Moon (by )
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A (by )
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom ... (by )
  • The thousand and one nights: the Arabian... (by )
  • The End of a Rainbow: An American Story (by )
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by )
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (by )
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Top Titles for Age 12


  • Kim (by )
  • The Magic Pudding (by )
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by )
  • Room with a View, A (by )
  • A Boy I Knew : Four Dogs, And Some More ... (by )
  • The Broken Vase, And Other Stories : For... 
  • The Land That Time Forgot (by )
  • The Secret Garden (by )
  • Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Th... (by )
  • Lost World, The (by )
  • The Time Machine (by )
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The (dramatic... (by )
  • The Call of the Wild (by )
  • Kidnapped (by )
  • The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (by )
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Top Titles for Age 13


  • Three Good Giants Whose Famous Deeds Are... (by )
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket... (by )
  • A Book of Golden Deeds (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (by )
  • Ragged Dick (by )
  • Rootabaga Stories (by )
  • Ragged Dick : Or, Street Life in New Yor... (by )
  • Robinson Crusoe (by )
  • Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of... (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
  • White Fang (by )
  • Famous Voyages of the Great Discoverers (by )
  • Jane Eyre (by )
  • Eight Cousins (by )
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Top Titles for Age 14


  • Tom Brown's schooldays (by )
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Co... (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (version 3) (by )
  • Princess and the Goblin, The (by )
  • Sense and Sensibility (by )
  • Up from Slavery (by )
  • The Barber of Seville; A Comic Opera in ... (by )
  • Story of My Life, The (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Captain Blood (by )
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (by )
  • Fathers and Sons (by )
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (by )
  • The Old Curiosity Shop : Volume 2 (by )
  • Arms and the Man (by )
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Top Titles for Age 15


  • Les Miserables (by )
  • Sign of the Four, The (by )
  • The Devil's Pool (by )
  • Lord Jim (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Great Expectations (version 2) (by )
  • The Tempest (by )
  • Dracula (by )
  • Romeo and Juliet (by )
  • Complete Letters of Mark Twain (by )
  • Coral Island, The (by )
  • My Man Jeeves (by )
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (by )
  • Innocents Abroad, The (by )
  • The Sign of the Four and Other Stories (by )
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Top Titles for Age 16


  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (by )
  • Round the World on a Wheel : Being the N... (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • The Professor And Poems (by )
  • How I Found Livingstone (by )
  • Catch 22 a Novel (by )
  • The Prince and the Pauper 
  • Uncle Vanya (by )
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (by )
  • Quo Vadis (by )
  • To the Lighthouse (by )
  • Hamlet (by )
  • Don Quixote - Vol. 1 (by )
  • Quo Vadis 
  • Uncle Tom's cabin : or, Life among the l... (by )
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Top Titles for Age 17


  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The (by )
  • Shakespeare's tragedy of Anthony and Cle... (by )
  • Woman in White, The (by )
  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (by )
  • The Idiot (by )
  • Faust I (by )
  • Origin of Species by Means of Natural Se... (by )
  • Ben-Hur (by )
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famo... (by )
  • Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous M... (by )
  • The Scarlet Letter (by )
  • Faust (by )
  • The Turn of the Screw (by )
  • The Arabian Nights (by )
  • The Lost Continent (by )
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Top Titles for Age 18


  • Brothers Karamazov, The (by )
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (by )
  • The Iliad (by )
  • Anna Karenina (by )
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (by )
  • Republic, The (by )
  • The Sonnets (by )
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (by )
  • A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His M... (by )
  • Silas Marner (by )
  • Leaves of Grass (by )
  • This Side of Paradise (by )
  • Middlemarch (by )
  • Picture Of Dorian Gray (1891 Version), T... (by )
  • Paradise Lost (by )
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Top Titles for Ages 18+


  • Decameron, The (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The (by )
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the R... (by )
  • Bleak House (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • The Divine Comedy (by )
  • Babbitt (by )
  • Man in the Iron Mask, The (by )
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay (by )
  • The Decameron Volume 1 (by )
  • Prince, The (Version 2) (by )
  • Nostromo (by )
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (by )
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