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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.

The Best Overall Books for Kids Books
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    Dr. Seuss

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    most listed
    E. B. White

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  3. 3
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    Dr. Seuss

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  4. 4
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    Dr. Seuss

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  5. 5
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    - 28


    C. S. Lewis

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    Roald Dahl

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    Dr. Seuss

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  8. 8
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    - 23


    Maurice Sendak

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  9. 9
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    - 23


    Margaret Wise Brown

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  10. 10
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    Norman Bridwell

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  11. 11
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    P. D. Eastman

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  12. 12
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    L. Frank Baum

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    Roald Dahl

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    Roald Dahl

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    Shel Silverstein

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    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Seuss

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  17. 17
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    Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

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    Beverly Cleary

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Crockett Johnson

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    Robert Munsch

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    Roald Dahl

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  23. 23
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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    Marcia Brown

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    Shel Silverstein

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    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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    John Archambault, Bill Martin, Michael Sampson

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    Aesop

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    Richard Scarry

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    Rudyard Kipling

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    + 28
    - 9


    Ezra Jack Keats

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Madeleine L'Engle

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    - 33


    Scott O'Dell

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  36. 36
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    - 29


    J. K. Rowling

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    Jonathan Allen

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  38. 38
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    Dr. Seuss

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  39. 39
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    - 11


    Dr. Seuss

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    Beverly Cleary

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Arnold Lobel

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    Mo Willems

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    Roald Dahl

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    Robert C. O'Brien

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    Susan Cooper

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    Thomas Rockwell

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    Margaret Wise Brown

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