There are certain books that stay with you and are crucial to inspiring your love for reading. Whether you're just starting out or you've been reading for a long time, we've compiled this list of essential books for readers of all ages.

There's nothing like reading an incredible book or book series that transports you to another world as the words on the pages spring to life before your very eyes, the characters quickly turning into old friends, and their journeys morphing into your own. As you travel on this journey called life, you think you're the only one experiencing pain and heartbreak, but then you pick up a book and read. Books teach us that the things that torment us the most are what connects us to people from the past, present and even future. In a nutshell, books are extremely powerful. To encourage readers of all ages, we've put together a list of the best books around.

Beginning Readers | Ages 2 to 5

books Dr. Seuss's ABC | by Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham | by Dr. Seuss Chicka Chicka Boom Boom | by John Archambault Miss Spider's ABC | by David Kirk Amelia Bedelia series | by Peggy Parish Frog and Toad series | by Arnold Lobel The Giving Tree | by Shel Silverstein Pete the Cat series | by James Dean Little Critter series | by Mercer Mayer Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? | by Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle

Elementary School Readers | Ages 6 to 10

books A Bad Case of Stripes | by David Shannon Magic Tree House series | by Mary Pope Osborne Matilda | by Roald Dahl The BFG | by Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | by Roald Dahl Ramona series | by Beverly Cleary Charlotte's Web | by E.B. White Where the Wild Things Are | by Maurice Sendak Goosebumps series | by R.L. Stine Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | by Judith Viorst Nancy Drew series | by Carolyn Keene Hardy Boys series | by Franklin W. Dixon The Boxcar Children series | by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Intermediate Readers | Ages 11 to 13+

books Island of the Blue Dolphins | by Scott O'Dell The Hobbit | by J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings series | by J.R.R. Tolkien Harry Potter series | by J.K. Rowling The Hunger Games series | by Suzanne Collins Divergent series | by Veronica Roth Where the Red Fern Grows | by Wilson Rawls Little Women | by Louise May Alcott Holes | by Louis Sachar Bridge to Terabithia | by Katherine Paterson Eragon series | by Christopher Paolini The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | by C.S. Lewis The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants | by Ann Brashares Treasure Island | by Robert Louis Stevenson Percy Jackson & the Olympians series | by Rick Riordan Hatchet | by Gary Paulsen Lord of the Flies | by William Golding Watership Down | by Richard Adams The Giver | by Lois Lowry Call of the Wild | by Jack London A Series of Unfortunate Events series | by Lemony Snicket

Young Adult Readers | Ages 14 to 18+

books The Outsiders | by S.E. Hinton The Odyssey | by Homer The Iliad | by Homer The Great Gatsby | by F. Scott Fitzgerald To Kill a Mockingbird | by Harper Lee Of Mice and Men | by John Steinbeck Macbeth | by William Shakespeare 1984 | by George Orwell Animal Farm | by George Orwell Frankenstein | by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Pride and Prejudice | by Jane Austen Death of a Salesman | by Arthur Miller The Crucible | by Arthur Miller The Count of Monte Cristo | by Alexandre Dumas The Fault in Our Stars | by John Green Paper Towns | by John Green Into the Wild | by Jon Krakauer The Mortal Instruments series | by Cassandra Clare The Book Thief | by Markus Zusak Vampire Academy | by Richelle Mead The Maze Runner series | by James Dashner Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch | by Douglas Smith Sherlock Holmes series | by Arthur Conan Doyle

Adult Readers | Ages 18+ | **Contains Graphic Content**

books Wild | by Cheryl Strayed Unbroken | by Laura Hillenbrand A Song of Ice and Fire series | by George R.R. Martin The Help | by Kathryn Stockett Outlander series | by Diana Gabaldon The Girl on the Train | by Paula Hawkins Moby Dick | by Herman Melville The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | by Stieg Larsson Room | by Emma Donoghue Memoirs of a Geisha | by Arthur Golden Fahrenheit 451 | by Ray Bradbury The Shining | by Stephen King Misery | by Stephen King It | by Stephen King Four Past Midnight | by Stephen King Mistborn series | by Brandon Sanderson How many books on this expansive list have you read? Are there any that we forgot? Share your vast literature knowledge with us by commenting below!

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