Top 100 List of the All Time 
Best Classic Literature for Children and Young Adults  

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown -  Age 2 and up

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch - Age 2 and up

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman - Age 2 and up

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - Age 2 and up

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault - Age 3 and up

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss - Age 3 and up

The Giving Tree by Shell Sliverstein - Age 3 and up

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson Age 3 and up

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper - Age 3 and up

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney - Age 3 and up

Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss - Age 3 and up

The Saggy Baggy Elephant by K. Jackson and B. Jackson - Age 3 and up

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - Age 3 and up

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne - Age 3 and up

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good ,Very Bad Day by  Judith Viorst - Age 4 and up

Curious George by H.A. Rey - Age 4 and up

George and Martha by James Marshall - Age 4 and up

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr Seuss - Age 4 and up

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff - Age 4 and up

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn - Age 4 and up

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes - Age 4 and up

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell - Age 4 and up

Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth - Age 4 and up

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen - Age 4 and up

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams - Ages 4 and up

Matthew and the Sea Singer by Jill Paton Walsh - Age 5 and up

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner - Age 5 and up

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats - Age 5 and up

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg - Age 6 and up

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein - Age 6 and up

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - Age 7 and up

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume - Age 7 and up

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - Age 8 and up

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl Age 8 and up

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White - Age 8 and up

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - Age 8 and up

Holes by Louis Sachar - Age 8 and up

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards - Age 8 and up

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - Age 8 and up

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George - Age 8 and up

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White - Age 8 and up

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls - Age 8 and up

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle - Age 8 and up

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Age 9 and up

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - Age 9 and up

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - Age 9 and up

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - Age 9 and up

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - Age 9 and up

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery - Age 9 and up

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - Age 9 and up

Watership Down by Richard Adams-  Age 9 and up

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - Age 10 and up

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - Age 10 and up

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Age 10 and up

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - Age 10 and up

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - Age 12 and up

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - Age 12 and up

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Age 12 and up

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - Age 12 and up

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - Ae 12 and up

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Young Adult

Emma by Jane Austen - Young Adult

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Young Adult

The Giver by Lois Lowry - Young Adult

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - Young Adult

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Young Adult

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain - Young Adult

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Young Adult

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - Young Adult

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - Young Adult

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Young Adult

While it would be nearly impossible to list all the best books in classic literature for children and young adults, we have created a compilation based upon selections from our staff, reviewers, and fans of Literary Classics.  

Our list of top 100 books for children and young adults is sorted by recommended reading age.
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