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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1
239 74
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
E. B. White

2
246 40
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

3
265 31
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

4
192 88
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

5
245 43
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

6
186 47
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

7
182 49
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Margaret Wise Brown

8
169 48
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
P. D. Eastman

9
155 78
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

10
216 55
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

11
199 49
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Maurice Sendak

12
117 77
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Marcia Brown

13
152 69
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

14
123 51
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

15
108 49
Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Laura Ingalls Wilder

16
101 58
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

17
160 41
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Norman Bridwell

18
137 21
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

19
133 62
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

20
155 58
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

21
118 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
140 57
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein

23
125 79
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
J. R. R. Tolkien

24
124 27
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

25
108 39
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Crockett Johnson

26
115 49
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beverly Cleary

27
91 30
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Rudyard Kipling

28
84 49
Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Arnold Lobel

29
95 34
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

30
85 33
The Snowy Day is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Ezra Jack Keats

31
85 60
Richard Scarry's busiest busyt... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

32
94 85
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Madeleine L'Engle

33
131 63
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein

34
73 69
The Witches is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

35
62 65
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

36
97 39
Fantastic Mr Fox is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

37
101 47
Love You Forever is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Robert Munsch

38
63 35
Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

39
43 63
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Sh... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

40
66 37
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

41
55 42
Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beverly Cleary

42
83 33
Hop on Pop is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

43
75 62
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

44
73 27
The Little Red Hen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Jonathan Allen

45
60 60
How to Eat Fried Worms is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Thomas Rockwell

46
42 62
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Richard Adams

47
67 33
And to Think That I Saw It on ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

48
64 43
There Was An Old Lady Who Swal... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

49
57 50
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

50
54 43
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids