Children’s literature has always been a treasured genre. I’m sure we can all look back over our childhood and pick out some of our favourite characters and books – the ones that stuck with us throughout the years and the ones and we continue to read to our own children
I’ve compiled a list of the top most inspirational children’s book characters, so let me know if you agree. See below:
Just the name Matilda brings back memories of an amazingly gifted little girl, making items dance around her living room with only her mind. This Roald Dahl classic follows five-year-old Matilda, who is mistreated by her parents and tyrannical headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Matilda is extremely courageous and, with the help of her friend and teacher Miss Honey, she learns to control and develop her telekinetic gift in a way that benefits the whole school. It’s a tale of good vs. evil that has inspired both a blockbuster film and an award-winning stage show.
Katniss is the newest character on this list, but she makes up for it in strength and self-sacrifice. Living in a dystopian universe where every year children must compete to the death in a fully televised ‘Hunger Games’, Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place and enter the arena herself. If she isn’t an inspirational children’s figure, who is?
Alice in Wonderland is one of the most beloved characters in literary history. She’s clever and sensible, yet her world is turned upside down in a tale of fantasy where flowers talk and the Queen of Hearts plays croquet with live flamingos. Through her journey to try and get home she meets a fascinating array of characters, from The Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat. Alice inspires us to dream and to keep hold of silliness and childish wonder, while her adventures have even been short-listed as one of the greatest children’s books of all time.
We couldn’t have a list of inspirational children’s characters without mentioning Harry Potter. The chosen one is on a mission to vanquish Lord Voldemort for good, all while going to class, learning how to play Quidditch and navigating his own adolescence. It’s a magical story that has captured a multitude of generations, with die-hard fans able to visit Diagon Alley and the Great Hall for themselves on the Harry Potter Studio Tour Experience.
From The Chronicles of Narnia, Lucy is a lovable character who shows tremendous courage in standing up to her family when they don’t believe there’s a hidden world inside the wardrobe. Lucy is a sensitive and faithful little girl, believing in Narnia and Aslan when no one else does. She gets teased mercilessly by her siblings until they also discover that Narnia is real, and teaches us to be true to ourselves and not to back down in the face of adversity.
LAURA INGALLS WILDER
For those who aren’t knowledgeable on Laura Ingalls Wilder, she is the main protagonist in the Little House on The Prairie series. These books follow her and her family of seven as they grow up in the Midwest region of the United States in the 19th century. Laura documents her hard but enjoyable life as the family works on a farm, lives in a small cabin in the woods and moves around the United States in only a covered wagon. Laura’s journey was made into a popular TV series that still airs today, and her positive attitude is truly inspirational.
While Paddington isn’t a child himself, he’s definitely inspirational and beloved by both children and adults alike. A bear with impeccable manners, Paddington comes from the deepest darkest Peru armed with only a hat and a jar of marmalade, inspiring us to step outside of our comfort zones and try new experiences.
Do you agree with this inspirational children’s book character list? Will you add any more? Let me know in the comments below.
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