Childrens Books 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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1
249 79
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
E. B. White

2
282 32
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

3
261 43
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

4
206 92
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

5
260 43
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

6
196 51
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

7
193 50
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Margaret Wise Brown

8
177 51
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
P. D. Eastman

9
227 57
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

10
163 80
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

11
210 53
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Maurice Sendak

12
125 79
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Marcia Brown

13
159 73
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

14
117 49
Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Laura Ingalls Wilder

15
129 54
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

16
149 22
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

17
168 42
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Norman Bridwell

18
106 61
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

19
165 60
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

20
138 66
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

21
124 34
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
133 79
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
J. R. R. Tolkien

23
145 57
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein

24
133 28
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

25
114 39
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Crockett Johnson