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The Best Overall Books for Kids

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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 84
    Down 15

    most listed
    Charlotte's Web

    E. B. White More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 76
    Down 11
    Dr. Seuss More
    91
  3. 3
    Up 85
    Down 6
    Dr. Seuss More
    90
  4. 4
    Up 83
    Down 9
    Dr. Seuss More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 69
    Down 13
    C. S. Lewis More
    83
  6. 6
    Up 56
    Down 14
    L. Frank Baum More
    78
  7. 7
    Up 36
    Down 16

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Stone Soup

    Marcia Brown More
    76
  8. 8
    Up 51
    Down 14
    Margaret Wise Brown More
    75
  9. 9
    Up 74
    Down 15
    Roald Dahl More
    75
  10. 10
    Up 68
    Down 14
    Maurice Sendak More
    74
  11. 11
    Up 56
    Down 11
    Dr. Seuss More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 49
    Down 10
    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    70
  13. 13
    Up 45
    Down 8
    Shel Silverstein More
    70
  14. 14
    Up 40
    Down 23

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle More
    69
  15. 15
    Up 45
    Down 9
    P. D. Eastman More
    69
  16. 16
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    Roald Dahl More
    69
  17. 17
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

    Virginia Lee Burton More
    68
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Matilda

    Roald Dahl More
    67
  19. 19
    Up 28
    Down 14
    Richard Scarry More
    66
  20. 20
    Up 36
    Down 20
    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm More
    66
  21. 21
    Up 27
    Down 19
    Roald Dahl More
    64
  22. 22
    Up 25
    Down 7
    Laura Ingalls Wilder More
    63
  23. 23
    Up 36
    Down 16
    Scott O'Dell More
    63
  24. 24
    Up 22
    Down 13
    Aesop More
    62
  25. 25
    Up 26
    Down 12
    Robert C. O'Brien More
    61
  26. 26
    Up 26
    Down 9

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Crockett Johnson More
    61
  27. 27
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    Down 16

    ranked low on reranks
    The Giving Tree

    Shel Silverstein More
    60
  28. 28
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    Down 14
    Judith Viorst More
    60
  29. 29
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    Down 13
    T. H. White More
    59
  30. 30
    Up 35
    Down 3

    ranked low on reranks
    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Norman Bridwell More
    59
  31. 31
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    Down 12

    often listed
    Watership Down

    Richard Adams More
    59
  32. 32
    Up 18
    Down 6

    Frog and Toad Together

    Arnold Lobel More
    59
  33. 33
    Up 23
    Down 11
    Mo Willems More
    58
  34. 34
    Up 29
    Down 5
    Beverly Cleary More
    58
  35. 35
    Up 27
    Down 2

    ranked low on reranks
    Three Little Pigs

    Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay More
    57
  36. 36
    Up 22
    Down 14
    Susan Cooper More
    57
  37. 37
    Up 22
    Down 11
    Thomas Rockwell More
    57
  38. 38
    Up 20
    Down 13
    No image
    Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black More
    57
  39. 39
    Up 26
    Down 5
    Roald Dahl More
    56
  40. 40
    Up 17
    Down 7
    Tedd Arnold More
    55
  41. 41
    Up 12
    Down 7
    Dr. Seuss More
    55
  42. 42
    Up 25
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    Love You Forever

    Robert Munsch More
    55
  43. 43
    Up 11
    Down 6
    Virginia Lee Burton More
    55
  44. 44
    Up 9
    Down 12

    Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

    55
  45. 45
    Up 18
    Down 15
    Lloyd Alexander More
    55
  46. 46
    Up 20
    Down 4
    Wilson Rawls More
    55
  47. 47
    Up 18
    Down 11

    Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

    Gerald McDermott More
    55
  48. 48
    Up 20
    Down 20
    Neil Gaiman More
    54
  49. 49
    Up 15
    Down 1
    Arnold Lobel More
    53
  50. 50
    Up 11
    Down 6
    Beverly Cleary More
    53
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