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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211 60
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

2
235 28
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss

3
213 36
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

4
170 78
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

5
216 37
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

6
160 41
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Lorax Dr. Seuss

7
157 45
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown

8
147 41
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Are You My Mother? P. D. Eastman

9
182 41
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

10
194 49
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

11
136 68
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

12
99 71
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Stone Soup Marcia Brown

13
136 63
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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107 44
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

The Best Movies for Kids

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141 34
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell

16
116 16
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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90 45
Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder

18
85 54
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

19
114 57
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

20
136 54
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Matilda Roald Dahl

21
110 21
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

The Best Novelists of All Time

22
114 70
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

23
84 21
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

24
99 30
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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121 53
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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103 42
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beezus and Ramona Beverly Cleary

27
97 36
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson

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73 42
Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel

The Best Kids & Family Movies On Amazon Prime Video

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83 31
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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77 55
Richard Scarry's busiest busyt... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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73 30
The Snowy Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats

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84 76
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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118 56
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

34
91 32
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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92 40
Love You Forever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Love You Forever Robert Munsch

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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49 34
Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary

37
55 61
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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62 63
The Witches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Witches Roald Dahl

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72 27
Hop on Pop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss

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38 55
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Sh... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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55 31
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

42
51 30
Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

The Best Children's Museums in the World

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62 26
And to Think That I Saw It on ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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63 24
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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39 54
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Watership Down Richard Adams

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51 53
How to Eat Fried Worms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell

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64 59
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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52 35
There Was An Old Lady Who Swal... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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48 43
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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43 35
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Plea... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids