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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 or the best new children's books.

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Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss
2
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
E. B. White
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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss
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The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss
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Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Margaret Wise Brown
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Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Maurice Sendak
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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Norman Bridwell
10
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
P. D. Eastman
13
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl
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Three Little Pigs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Tom Islava added Laura Numeroff
21
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Crockett Johnson
22
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm
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Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beverly Cleary
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The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids