As I browsed through my daughter’s book pile for a bedtime story recently, I was amused at the variety of titles that we have collected. From stories about princesses and magical castles to stories about characters who overcome obstacles by working with their friends. There is such variety that I began to wonder what characters would stand out to her when she looked back in time. Who would she remember the most from our times of reading together? What stories would stay with her as she continues to grow from an early reader to an enthusiastic collector of teen novels?
For me, I have truly fond memories of the books I read as a young reader. So many of the characters jumped from the page and into my life through their adventures, their friendships, and their words. I was a vigorous reader, and to be honest, was drawn to variety of strong protagonists, cuddly animals, and brave heroes.
I picked up my pen and paper that night, after reading to my daughter about the little engine that could, and started a list of those amazing girls, boys, animals, and more that have stuck with me throughout my life. And, while there is a slew of new characters emerging for our young ones, I focused on the classics, those stories, characters, and books that have stood the test of time. It didn’t take very long to fill my page with names and titles. For this post, I have narrowed it down to what I believe are the Top 15 Classic Kidlit Characters.
To be sure, there are many more books, many more characters that might be on your list depending on what you believe is a “classic” and what genres of stories you preferred as a child. For me, those on this list were characters that made an indelible imprint on my childhood memories, that were a part of stories that I still recall to this day, and that came to mind quickly.
Top 15 Classic Kidlit Characters
1.Winnie-the-Pooh from The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
2. Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
3. Laura from The Little House Collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. The Clock Family from The Borrowers series by Mary Norton
5. Sara Crewe from The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
6. Harriet M. Welsch from Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
7. The Robinsons from The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
8. Pippi from Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
9. Wilbur and Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
10. Paddington from A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
11. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables By L.M. Montgomery
12. Black Beauty from Black Beauty By Anna Sewell
13. Nancy Drew from The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
14. Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
15. Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
I hope you’ll share with me your top classic kidlit characters by commenting on our Facebook page today! I can’t wait to hear about your favorites!