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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Score
  1. 1
    Up 84
    Down 15

    most listed
    Charlotte's Web

    E. B. White More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 83
    Down 6
    Dr. Seuss More
    92
  3. 3
    Up 75
    Down 11
    Dr. Seuss More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 81
    Down 9
    Dr. Seuss More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 68
    Down 13
    C. S. Lewis More
    87
  6. 6
    Up 73
    Down 15
    Roald Dahl More
    80
  7. 7
    Up 55
    Down 14
    L. Frank Baum More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 66
    Down 14
    Maurice Sendak More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 49
    Down 14
    Margaret Wise Brown More
    76
  10. 10
    Up 36
    Down 16

    often listed
    Stone Soup

    Marcia Brown More
    76
  11. 11
    Up 54
    Down 11
    Dr. Seuss More
    75
  12. 12
    Up 48
    Down 10
    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    74
  13. 13
    Up 50
    Down 16
    Roald Dahl More
    74
  14. 14
    Up 39
    Down 23

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle More
    73
  15. 15
    Up 44
    Down 8
    Shel Silverstein More
    73
  16. 16
    Up 43
    Down 9
    P. D. Eastman More
    72
  17. 17
    Up 36
    Down 16
    Scott O'Dell More
    69
  18. 18
    Up 25
    Down 7
    Laura Ingalls Wilder More
    69
  19. 19
    Up 47
    Down 15
    Roald Dahl More
    69
  20. 20
    Up 47
    Down 16
    Shel Silverstein More
    68
  21. 21
    Up 26
    Down 12
    Robert C. O'Brien More
    67
  22. 22
    Up 27
    Down 14
    Richard Scarry More
    67
  23. 23
    Up 16
    Down 15
    No image
    Virginia Lee Burton More
    67
  24. 24
    Up 27
    Down 19
    Roald Dahl More
    66
  25. 25
    Up 36
    Down 20
    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm More
    65
  26. 26
    Up 25
    Down 14
    Judith Viorst More
    64
  27. 27
    Up 24
    Down 9

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Crockett Johnson More
    62
  28. 28
    Up 26
    Down 13
    T. H. White More
    62
  29. 29
    Up 22
    Down 13
    Aesop More
    61
  30. 30
    Up 22
    Down 14
    Susan Cooper More
    61
  31. 31
    Up 18
    Down 4
    Wilson Rawls More
    60
  32. 32
    Up 26
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Beezus and Ramona

    Beverly Cleary More
    60
  33. 33
    Up 19
    Down 13
    No image
    Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black More
    60
  34. 34
    Up 11
    Down 4
    Margaret Wise Brown More
    60
  35. 35
    Up 18
    Down 15
    Lloyd Alexander More
    60
  36. 36
    Up 20
    Down 20

    ranked high on reranks
    Coraline

    Neil Gaiman More
    59
  37. 37
    Up 24
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    Love You Forever

    Robert Munsch More
    59
  38. 38
    Up 22
    Down 11
    Mo Willems More
    59
  39. 39
    Up 16
    Down 6

    Frog and Toad Together

    Arnold Lobel More
    59
  40. 40
    Up 26
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Fantastic Mr Fox

    Roald Dahl More
    59
  41. 41
    Up 12
    Down 7
    Dr. Seuss More
    59
  42. 42
    Up 10
    Down 6
    Virginia Lee Burton More
    58
  43. 43
    Up 21
    Down 11
    Thomas Rockwell More
    57
  44. 44
    Up 26
    Down 2

    ranked low on reranks
    Three Little Pigs

    Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay More
    57
  45. 45
    Up 16
    Down 12
    Richard Adams More
    57
  46. 46
    Up 12
    Down 12
    Kate DiCamillo More
    56
  47. 47
    Up 16
    Down 10
    Judy Blume More
    55
  48. 48
    Up 19
    Down 13
    Brian Sibley More
    55
  49. 49
    Up 35
    Down 3

    ranked low on reranks
    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Norman Bridwell More
    55
  50. 50
    Up 18
    Down 11

    Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

    Gerald McDermott More
    55
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