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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.
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    most listed E. B. White

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    ranked low on reranks Dr. Seuss

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Dr. Seuss

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    C. S. Lewis

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    L. Frank Baum

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    Margaret Wise Brown

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Marcia Brown

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    Maurice Sendak

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    Roald Dahl

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    Dr. Seuss

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    P. D. Eastman

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    Shel Silverstein

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    Roald Dahl

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Roald Dahl

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Virginia Lee Burton

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    Richard Scarry

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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    Roald Dahl

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    ranked low on reranks Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell

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    Aesop

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    Scott O'Dell

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    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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    Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson

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    ranked low on reranks Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

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    Robert C. O'Brien

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    ranked low on reranks Shel Silverstein

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    Judith Viorst

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    Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel

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    Richard Adams

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    T. H. White

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    Mo Willems

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    Tedd Arnold

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    Thomas Rockwell

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    ranked low on reranks Beverly Cleary

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Susan Cooper

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    Roald Dahl

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    Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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    Robert Munsch

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    often listed Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Virginia Lee Burton

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    Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti Gerald McDermott

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    ranked low on reranks Arnold Lobel

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    Lloyd Alexander

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Neil Gaiman

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    Sam McBratney

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    ranked low on reranks The Three Billy Goats Gruff

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