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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    most listed
    E. B. White

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  2. 2
    + 164
    - 27


    Dr. Seuss

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  3. 3
    + 178
    - 22


    Dr. Seuss

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  4. 4
    + 134
    - 54

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

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  5. 5
    + 171
    - 28


    Dr. Seuss

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  6. 6
    + 128
    - 25


    Dr. Seuss

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  7. 7
    + 118
    - 24


    P. D. Eastman

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  8. 8
    + 125
    - 31


    Margaret Wise Brown

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  9. 9
    + 146
    - 29


    Maurice Sendak

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  10. 10
    + 111
    - 48

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    L. Frank Baum

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  11. 11
    + 145
    - 38


    Roald Dahl

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  12. 12
    + 110
    - 19


    Norman Bridwell

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  13. 13
    + 74
    - 56

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marcia Brown

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  14. 14
    + 80
    - 9

    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Seuss

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  15. 15
    + 101
    - 52


    Roald Dahl

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  16. 16
    + 79
    - 32
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    + 78
    - 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Seuss

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  18. 18
    + 65
    - 34


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  19. 19
    + 62
    - 40


    Aesop

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  20. 20
    + 82
    - 30


    Beverly Cleary

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  21. 21
    + 75
    - 21


    Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

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  22. 22
    + 85
    - 46


    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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  23. 23
    + 84
    - 56


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  24. 24
    + 93
    - 43


    Shel Silverstein

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  25. 25
    + 73
    - 26


    Crockett Johnson

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  26. 26
    + 101
    - 48


    Roald Dahl

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  27. 27
    + 58
    - 15


    Rudyard Kipling

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  28. 28
    + 64
    - 40


    Richard Scarry

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  29. 29
    + 63
    - 21
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  30. 30
    + 77
    - 24


    Robert Munsch

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  31. 31
    + 70
    - 60

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Madeleine L'Engle

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  32. 32
    + 53
    - 20


    Ezra Jack Keats

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  33. 33
    + 70
    - 21


    Roald Dahl

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  34. 34
    + 95
    - 47


    Shel Silverstein

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  35. 35
    + 41
    - 24

    often listed
    Beverly Cleary

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  36. 36
    + 51
    - 15
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  37. 37
    + 45
    - 36


    Arnold Lobel

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  38. 38
    + 43
    - 20


    Dr. Seuss

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  39. 39
    + 52
    - 16

    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Seuss

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  40. 40
    + 43
    - 49


    Robert C. O'Brien

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  41. 41
    + 30
    - 43


    Virginia Lee Burton

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  42. 42
    + 38
    - 23
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  43. 43
    + 41
    - 41


    Thomas Rockwell

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  44. 44
    + 30
    - 42


    Richard Adams

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  45. 45
    + 45
    - 54


    Roald Dahl

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  46. 46
    + 42
    - 33


    Susan Cooper

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  47. 47
    + 47
    - 19
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jonathan Allen

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  48. 48
    + 52
    - 52


    Scott O'Dell

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  49. 49
    + 40
    - 35
    No image


    Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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  50. 50
    + 45
    - 21


    Dr. Seuss

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