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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235 37
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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254 28
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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181 84
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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233 41
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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172 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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174 47
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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207 51
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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159 47
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Are You My Mother? P. D. Eastman

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146 74
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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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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109 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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147 67
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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117 49
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

13 Famous People Surrounded By Tragedy

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100 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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131 20
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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151 40
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell

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

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124 60
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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148 57
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Matilda Roald Dahl

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121 75
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

The Best Disney Princesses

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120 25
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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132 55
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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109 34
Three Little Pigs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Three Little Pigs Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

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104 38
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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

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110 48
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beezus and Ramona Beverly Cleary

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel

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

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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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124 60
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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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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69 65
The Witches is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Witches Roald Dahl

The Best Books for Teens

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59 63
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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Love You Forever is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Love You Forever Robert Munsch

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53 40
Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary

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62 35
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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77 32
Hop on Pop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss

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72 60
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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56 35
Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

Harry Potter Book Covers From Asia Cooler Than Any Talking Portrait

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38 61
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Sh... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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69 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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56 57
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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63 31
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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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Watership Down Richard Adams

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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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53 48
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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There Was An Old Lady Who Swal... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids