The Best Overall Books for Kids Books

The Best Overall Books for Kids

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The best overall books for children, ranked by readers of all ages. Anyone can vote on this kids' book list, which makes these rankings a trustworthy way to find out which books your kids will love. Is a title missing? You can also add your own books to this list, and see how your taste stacks up against everyone else's. No matter if your kids are 9 year old budding lit experts, 5 year-olds just beginning to read on their own, or pre-schoolers still having you read aloud -- these are the books you remember and hope your own kids will.

For children in pre-school or younger, check out this list of the best books for toddlers.

List Criteria: Books for kids ages 4-9

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Charlotte's Web

    E. B. White More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 73
    Down 5
    Dr. Seuss More
    92
  3. 3
    Up 68
    Down 10
    Dr. Seuss More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 62
    Down 11
    C. S. Lewis More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 73
    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss More
    87
  6. 6
    Up 68
    Down 13
    Roald Dahl More
    81
  7. 7
    Up 51
    Down 12
    L. Frank Baum More
    80
  8. 8
    Up 57
    Down 14
    Maurice Sendak More
    76
  9. 9
    Up 32
    Down 13

    often listed
    Stone Soup

    Marcia Brown More
    76
  10. 10
    Up 43
    Down 12
    Margaret Wise Brown More
    75
  11. 11
    Up 48
    Down 11
    Dr. Seuss More
    74
  12. 12
    Up 42
    Down 8
    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    74
  13. 13
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    Down 15

    ranked high on reranks
    James and the Giant Peach

    Roald Dahl More
    73
  14. 14
    Up 36
    Down 21

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle More
    73
  15. 15
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    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    Are You My Mother?

    P. D. Eastman More
    72
  16. 16
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    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Shel Silverstein More
    71
  17. 17
    Up 35
    Down 14
    Scott O'Dell More
    70
  18. 18
    Up 22
    Down 6
    Laura Ingalls Wilder More
    68
  19. 19
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    ranked low on reranks
    Matilda

    Roald Dahl More
    68
  20. 20
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    Down 12
    Richard Scarry More
    67
  21. 21
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    ranked high on reranks
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

    Robert C. O'Brien More
    67
  22. 22
    Up 42
    Down 16
    Shel Silverstein More
    66
  23. 23
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    ranked low on reranks
    Grimm's Fairy Tales

    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm More
    66
  24. 24
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    The Witches

    Roald Dahl More
    66
  25. 25
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    Down 14
    No image
    Virginia Lee Burton More
    65
  26. 26
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    Judith Viorst More
    64
  27. 27
    Up 20
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Aesop's Fables

    Aesop More
    62
  28. 28
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    Down 12

    ranked high on reranks
    The Once and Future King

    T. H. White More
    61
  29. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Crockett Johnson More
    61
  30. 30
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    No image

    ranked high on reranks
    The Chronicles of Spiderwick

    Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black More
    60
  31. 31
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    Down 3

    ranked low on reranks
    Fantastic Mr Fox

    Roald Dahl More
    60
  32. 32
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    Down 4

    ranked low on reranks
    Beezus and Ramona

    Beverly Cleary More
    59
  33. 33
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    Down 13

    ranked high on reranks
    The Dark is Rising

    Susan Cooper More
    59
  34. 34
    Up 12
    Down 5
    Dr. Seuss More
    59
  35. 35
    Up 9
    Down 3

    ranked high on reranks
    The Runaway Bunny

    Margaret Wise Brown More
    59
  36. 36
    Up 21
    Down 10
    Mo Willems More
    59
  37. 37
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    Down 13

    ranked high on reranks
    The Book of Three

    Lloyd Alexander More
    59
  38. 38
    Up 15
    Down 5

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Frog and Toad Together

    Arnold Lobel More
    59
  39. 39
    Up 19
    Down 18

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Coraline

    Neil Gaiman More
    59
  40. 40
    Up 14
    Down 4
    Wilson Rawls More
    58
  41. 41
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    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Love You Forever

    Robert Munsch More
    58
  42. 42
    Up 22
    Down 0

    ranked low on reranks
    Three Little Pigs

    Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay More
    57
  43. 43
    Up 19
    Down 10
    Thomas Rockwell More
    56
  44. 44
    Up 7
    Down 5

    ranked high on reranks
    The Little House

    Virginia Lee Burton More
    56
  45. 45
    Up 14
    Down 11
    Richard Adams More
    55
  46. 46
    Up 11
    Down 11
    Kate DiCamillo More
    55
  47. 47
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    Down 10

    ranked low on reranks
    Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

    Gerald McDermott More
    55
  48. 48
    Up 30
    Down 1

    ranked low on reranks
    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Norman Bridwell More
    55
  49. 49
    Up 9
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    often listed
    Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

    54
  50. 50
    Up 13
    Down 8
    Judy Blume More
    54
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