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

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244 39
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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263 30
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss

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190 87
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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243 43
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

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184 47
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Lorax Dr. Seuss

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180 48
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown

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167 47
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Are You My Mother? P. D. Eastman

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154 76
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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214 54
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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197 49
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

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116 76
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Stone Soup Marcia Brown

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151 68
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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122 49
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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106 48
Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder

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158 40
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell

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99 58
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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132 61
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Grimm's Fairy Tales Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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153 58
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Matilda Roald Dahl

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116 34
Three Little Pigs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Three Little Pigs Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

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138 57
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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123 26
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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122 79
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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106 39
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson

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114 48
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beezus and Ramona Beverly Cleary

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89 30
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

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82 49
Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel

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93 34
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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

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83 60
Richard Scarry's busiest busyt... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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93 84
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

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130 62
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

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96 38
Fantastic Mr Fox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl

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72 68
The Witches is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Witches Roald Dahl

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100 46
Love You Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Love You Forever Robert Munsch

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59 65
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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65 36
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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61 35
Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary

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42 62
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Sh... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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80 33
Hop on Pop is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss

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73 61
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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71 27
The Little Red Hen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Little Red Hen Jonathan Allen

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58 59
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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65 32
And to Think That I Saw It on ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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41 61
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Watership Down Richard Adams

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52 42
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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61 43
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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Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids