parenting 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.
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208 60
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

2
210 35
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

3
231 28
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss

4
167 77
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

5
214 36
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

6
159 39
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Lorax Dr. Seuss

7
156 44
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown

8
180 39
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

9
145 40
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Are You My Mother? P. D. Eastman

10
189 49
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

11
133 67
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

12
134 63
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

13
97 71
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Stone Soup Marcia Brown

14
106 43
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

The Best Movies for Kids

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140 33
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell

16
113 16
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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88 45
Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder

18
113 54
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Grimm's Fairy Tales Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

19
84 53
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

20
108 20
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

21
134 54
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Matilda Roald Dahl

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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99 28
Three Little Pigs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Three Little Pigs Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

23
113 69
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

24
84 20
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

25
118 52
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

26
101 41
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beezus and Ramona Beverly Cleary

27
94 36
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson

28
71 41
Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel

The Best Kids & Family Movies On Amazon Prime Video

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83 30
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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76 54
Richard Scarry's busiest busyt... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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72 30
The Snowy Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats

32
82 75
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

33
91 31
Fantastic Mr Fox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl

34
115 54
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

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91 39
Love You Forever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Love You Forever Robert Munsch

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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49 33
Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary

37
72 25
Hop on Pop is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss

38
54 61
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

39
61 63
The Witches is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Witches Roald Dahl

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54 29
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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38 54
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Sh... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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61 25
And to Think That I Saw It on ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

The Best Children's Museums in the World

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50 29
Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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39 53
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Watership Down Richard Adams

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51 52
How to Eat Fried Worms is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell

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60 24
The Little Red Hen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Little Red Hen Jonathan Allen

47
63 59
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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43 33
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Plea... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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51 34
There Was An Old Lady Who Swal... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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55 27
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cu... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids