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The Best Overall Books for Kids 

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Updated June 24, 2020 15.1k votes 689 voters 55.5k views 124 items

List Rules Books for kids ages 4-9

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
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How the Grinch Stole Chr... 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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Charlie and the Chocolat... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss
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Where the Wild Things Ar... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Maurice Sendak
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The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss
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The Lion, the Witch and ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Margaret Wise Brown
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James and the Giant Peac... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Alexander and the Terrib... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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The Wonderful Wizard of ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein
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Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beverly Cleary
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Little House in the Big ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Laura Ingalls Wilder
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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl
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One Fish Two Fish Red Fi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
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Three Little Pigs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay
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Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
P. D. Eastman
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Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm
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Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Marcia Brown
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Clifford, the Big Red Do... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Norman Bridwell
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Harold and the Purple Cr... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Crockett Johnson
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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids