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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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1
253 81
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
E. B. White

2
266 44
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

3
285 33
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

4
209 94
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

5
263 43
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

6
199 52
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

7
195 52
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Margaret Wise Brown

8
179 52
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
P. D. Eastman

9
231 58
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

10
166 82
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

11
213 54
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Maurice Sendak

12
126 82
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Marcia Brown

13
162 74
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

14
132 54
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

15
117 52
Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Laura Ingalls Wilder

16
150 23
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

17
169 43
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Norman Bridwell

18
107 63
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

19
167 62
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

20
140 69
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

21
126 37
Three Little Pigs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

22
147 58
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein

23
135 81
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
J. R. R. Tolkien

24
136 29
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

25
114 42
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Crockett Johnson