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
242 75
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
E. B. White

2
253 41
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

3
271 31
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

4
196 89
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

5
252 43
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

6
189 49
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

7
185 50
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Margaret Wise Brown

8
172 50
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
P. D. Eastman

9
220 55
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

10
158 79
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

11
203 50
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Maurice Sendak

12
120 77
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Marcia Brown

13
153 71
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

14
123 53
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

15
111 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
161 42
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Norman Bridwell

17
140 22
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

18
102 59
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

19
159 58
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

20
133 63
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

21
119 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
141 57
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein

23
128 27
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

24
127 79
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
J. R. R. Tolkien

25
109 39
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Crockett Johnson

26
116 50
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beverly Cleary

27
92 30
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Rudyard Kipling

28
85 49
Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Arnold Lobel

29
95 35
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

30
86 33
The Snowy Day is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Ezra Jack Keats

31
89 60
Richard Scarry's busiest busyt... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

32
96 85
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Madeleine L'Engle

33
134 63
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Shel Silverstein

34
98 39
Fantastic Mr Fox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

35
75 69
The Witches is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Roald Dahl

36
103 47
Love You Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Robert Munsch

37
63 65
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

38
86 33
Hop on Pop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Dr. Seuss

39
69 37
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

40
64 35
Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

41
56 42
Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beverly Cleary

42
44 63
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Sh... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

43
74 27
The Little Red Hen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Jonathan Allen

44
76 63
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

45
70 33
And to Think That I Saw It on ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

46
60 61
How to Eat Fried Worms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Thomas Rockwell

47
66 43
There Was An Old Lady Who Swal... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

48
55 44
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

49
57 51
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

50
42 64
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Richard Adams