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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
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    most listed E. B. White

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  2. 2
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    ranked low on reranks Dr. Seuss

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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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    C. S. Lewis

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  6. 6
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    L. Frank Baum

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  7. 7
    Up 37
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Marcia Brown

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  8. 8
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    Margaret Wise Brown

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  9. 9
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    Roald Dahl

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  10. 10
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    Maurice Sendak

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  11. 11
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    Dr. Seuss

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  12. 12
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Madeleine L'Engle

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  13. 13
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    Shel Silverstein

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  14. 14
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    Roald Dahl

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  15. 15
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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  16. 16
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    P. D. Eastman

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  17. 17
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Virginia Lee Burton

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  18. 18
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    Roald Dahl

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  19. 19
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    ranked low on reranks Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell

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  20. 20
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    Richard Scarry

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  21. 21
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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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  22. 22
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    Roald Dahl

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  23. 23
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    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  24. 24
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    Scott O'Dell

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  25. 25
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    Aesop

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  26. 26
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    Robert C. O'Brien

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  27. 27
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    Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson

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  28. 28
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    Shel Silverstein

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  29. 29
    Up 27
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    ranked low on reranks Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

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    Judith Viorst

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  31. 31
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    Richard Adams

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  32. 32
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    T. H. White

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  33. 33
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    Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel

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  34. 34
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    Mo Willems

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  35. 35
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    Susan Cooper

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  36. 36
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    ranked low on reranks Beverly Cleary

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  37. 37
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    Thomas Rockwell

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  38. 38
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    Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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  39. 39
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    Tedd Arnold

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  40. 40
    Up 9
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    Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

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  41. 41
    Up 27
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    ranked low on reranks Roald Dahl

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  42. 42
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    Dr. Seuss

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  43. 43
    Up 11
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    Virginia Lee Burton

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  44. 44
    Up 18
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    Lloyd Alexander

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  45. 45
    Up 26
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    ranked low on reranks Robert Munsch

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  46. 46
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    Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti Gerald McDermott

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  47. 47
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    Neil Gaiman

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  48. 48
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    Wilson Rawls

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  49. 49
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    Beverly Cleary

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  50. 50
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    Kate DiCamillo

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