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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
247 78
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
E. B. White

2
259 42
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

3
279 32
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

4
203 91
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

5
257 43
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

6
194 50
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

7
191 50
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Margaret Wise Brown

8
175 51
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
P. D. Eastman

9
223 57
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

10
161 80
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

11
207 52
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Maurice Sendak

12
123 79
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Marcia Brown

13
158 73
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

14
115 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
127 54
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

16
146 22
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

17
165 42
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Norman Bridwell

18
105 60
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

19
164 60
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

20
136 66
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

21
122 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
144 57
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein

23
130 79
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
J. R. R. Tolkien

24
131 28
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

25
111 39
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Crockett Johnson

26
118 50
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beverly Cleary

27
89 49
Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Arnold Lobel

28
94 33
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Rudyard Kipling

29
98 36
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

30
91 61
Richard Scarry's busiest busyt... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

31
87 34
The Snowy Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Ezra Jack Keats

32
99 85
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Madeleine L'Engle

33
136 65
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein

34
108 48
Love You Forever is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Robert Munsch

35
100 41
Fantastic Mr Fox is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

36
65 66
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

37
90 33
Hop on Pop is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

38
76 72
The Witches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

39
67 35
Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

40
72 37
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

41
56 43
Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beverly Cleary

42
45 64
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Sh... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

43
76 28
The Little Red Hen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Jonathan Allen

44
72 33
And to Think That I Saw It on ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

45
77 65
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

46
62 63
How to Eat Fried Worms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Thomas Rockwell

47
68 45
There Was An Old Lady Who Swal... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

48
44 66
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Richard Adams

49
59 52
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

50
42 47
Eyclopedia Brown: Boy Detectiv... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids