The Best Overall Books for Kids

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List Criteria: Books for kids ages 4-9

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.
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    - 44

    most listed
    E. B. White

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  2. 2
    + 192
    - 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Seuss

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  3. 3
    + 175
    - 28


    Dr. Seuss

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  4. 4
    + 140
    - 58

    the people's #1 & often listed
    C. S. Lewis

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  5. 5
    + 183
    - 28


    Dr. Seuss

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  6. 6
    + 131
    - 26


    Dr. Seuss

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  7. 7
    + 126
    - 25


    P. D. Eastman

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  8. 8
    + 132
    - 32


    Margaret Wise Brown

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  9. 9
    + 155
    - 29


    Maurice Sendak

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  10. 10
    + 115
    - 51

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    L. Frank Baum

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  11. 11
    + 154
    - 38


    Roald Dahl

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  12. 12
    + 110
    - 52

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Roald Dahl

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  13. 13
    + 90
    - 10

    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Seuss

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  14. 14
    + 78
    - 58

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marcia Brown

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  15. 15
    + 84
    - 32
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  16. 16
    + 114
    - 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Norman Bridwell

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  17. 17
    + 85
    - 12

    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Seuss

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  18. 18
    + 69
    - 35


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  19. 19
    + 65
    - 40

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Aesop

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  20. 20
    + 80
    - 21


    Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

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  21. 21
    + 87
    - 30


    Beverly Cleary

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  22. 22
    + 91
    - 46


    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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  23. 23
    + 107
    - 48


    Roald Dahl

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  24. 24
    + 63
    - 15


    Rudyard Kipling

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  25. 25
    + 86
    - 57


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  26. 26
    + 97
    - 44


    Shel Silverstein

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  27. 27
    + 75
    - 27


    Crockett Johnson

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  28. 28
    + 68
    - 41


    Richard Scarry

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  29. 29
    + 67
    - 22
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  30. 30
    + 82
    - 26


    Robert Munsch

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  31. 31
    + 75
    - 21


    Roald Dahl

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  32. 32
    + 71
    - 61

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Madeleine L'Engle

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  33. 33
    + 56
    - 21


    Ezra Jack Keats

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  34. 34
    + 98
    - 47


    Shel Silverstein

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  35. 35
    + 43
    - 24


    Beverly Cleary

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  36. 36
    + 49
    - 36


    Arnold Lobel

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  37. 37
    + 53
    - 16
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  38. 38
    + 58
    - 17


    Dr. Seuss

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  39. 39
    + 46
    - 21


    Dr. Seuss

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  40. 40
    + 32
    - 43


    Virginia Lee Burton

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  41. 41
    + 40
    - 24
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  42. 42
    + 43
    - 51


    Robert C. O'Brien

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  43. 43
    + 44
    - 42


    Thomas Rockwell

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  44. 44
    + 48
    - 55


    Roald Dahl

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  45. 45
    + 31
    - 42


    Richard Adams

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  46. 46
    + 49
    - 19
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jonathan Allen

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  47. 47
    + 42
    - 33


    Susan Cooper

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  48. 48
    + 41
    - 35
    No image


    Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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  49. 49
    + 36
    - 26


    Arnold Lobel

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  50. 50
    + 47
    - 22


    Dr. Seuss

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