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

​​A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead - Age 2 and up

​Corduroy by Don Freeman - Age 2 and up

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

I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenth - 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

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon - Age 4 and up

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

The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack

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

The Green Children  by Kenny Chumbley & Jim McGuiggan - 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

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - Age 6 and up

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater - Age 7 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

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume - Age 8 and up

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell  - Age 8 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

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - Age 8 and up

The One and Only Ivan, K.A. Applegate - Age 8 and up

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - Age 8 and up

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

Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson - 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

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery  - Age 9 and up

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - Age 9 and up

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick - Age 9 and up

Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift  - 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

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor

Watership Down by Richard Adams-  Age 9 and up

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

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill - 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

The Giver by Lois Lowry - 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

That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton - Age 12 and up

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - Age 12 and up

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - Age 12 and up

Animal Farm by George Orwell  - Young Adult

Beauty & the Beast by Rebecca Hammond Yager - Young Adult

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

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra - Young Adult

Emma by Jane Austen - Young Adult

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - Young Adult

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Young Adult

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - Young Adult

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - Young Adult

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - Young Adult

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - Young Adult

Lord of the Flies by William Golding  - Young Adult

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Young Adult

​Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 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.
This top 100 list of best books for children and young adults has been created as a reading guide to help parents and young readers gain exposure to some of the most highly respected works of literature of all time.
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