16 Of The Most Lovable Children’s Book Characters Ever

These sixteen beloved children’s book characters will forever hold a special place in our hearts (and bookshelves).

1. Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon

Crockett Johnson’s Harold who taught us that all you need is a purple crayon and your imagination.

2. Max from Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak’s Max, who became king of the Wild Things and made it home in time for a warm meal.

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder from the Little House series

Laura Ingalls Wilder (known to some as “Half-Pint”), who taught us about what it was like to grow up in the 1800s.

4. Ramona Quimby from the Ramona books

Ramona Geraldine Quimby from Klickitat Street, who reminds us of the power of daydreaming.

5. Stanley Lambchop (a.k.a. Flat Stanley)

Stanley Lambchop (a.k.a. Flat Stanley) who demonstrates that even when life deals crushing blows (or a crushing bulletin board), there are adventures to be had.

6. Splat the Cat

Splat the Cat, who shows us that cats and mice can get along just fine.

7. Amelia Bedelia from the Amelia Bedelia books

Amelia Bedelia, the literal-minded housekeeper, who overcomes some minor misunderstandings while maintaining her dignity and cheerful attitude.

8. Stuart Little

Stuart Little, the mouse born to human parents in E. B. White’s first book for children, who creates his own adventures in New York City.

9. Russell the Sheep from the Russell the Sheep books

Russell the Sheep, who knows it okay to be little bit out of step with the rest of the flock.

10. Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte A. Cavatica, the spider from E. B/ White’s classic Charlotte’s Web, shows us what friendship is all about.

11. Frances from the Frances the Badger series

Frances, who uses expresses her feelings by singing little songs.

12. Clark the Shark from Clark the Shark

Clark the Shark, who celebrates boisterous enthusiasm—and has a winning smile.

13. Lilly from Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly, who made her debut in Kevin Henkes’ Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, who loves just about everything: school, dressing up, and ever her stinky baby brother, Julius.

14. Little Bear from the Little Bear books

Little Bear, who is sweet and plucky, friendly and adventurous, and remarkably childlike—for a bear…

15. Biscuit from the Biscuit series

Biscuit the sweet, yellow puppy, who is good at making friends, being playful, and learning new tricks.

16. Big Nate from the Big Nate series

Nate Wright (a.k.a. Big Nate), aspiring cartoonist and prankster, who exhibits great confidence and creativity.

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