16 Classic Children's Books

16 classic children’s books

The above linked article names 16 classic children’s books that remind us of why we love to read. I have read most of these, and loved them. I have a few more to read, but it won’t be hard work, I suspect.

Peter Pan

By J. M. Barrie

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

Anne of Green Gables

By L. M. Montgomery

A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L’Engle

The Golden Compass

By Philip Pullman

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Charlotte’s Web

By E.B. White

The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

Harriet the Spy

By Louise Fitzhugh


By Roald Dahl

Bridge to Terabithia

By Katherine Paterson

Where the Red Fern Grows

By Wilson Rawls

The Giver

By Lois Lowry

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

By Beverly Cleary

Where the Wild Things Are

By Maurice Sendak

The Outsiders

By S.E. Hinton

The Most Inspirational Children's Book Characters

(most inspirational character)

I know most of these characters, but I think I still need to read a few of the books.  The above linked article tells about why the characters are inspirational.  I am also looking at this as a TBR list, though.

Top 50 inspirational characters from children’s books:

  1. Harry Potter
  2. Matilda
  3. Charlie Bucket, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  4. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling
  5. Mary Poppins
  6. Winnie the Pooh
  7. Peter Pan
  8. Paddington Bear
  9. Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  10. Peter Rabbit
  11. Alice, Alice in Wonderland
  12. The Gruffalo’s mouse
  13. Mowgli, The Jungle Book
  14. Miss Honey, Matilda
  15. Tracey Beaker
  16. Aslan, The Chronicles of Narnia
  17. Mr Fox, Fantastic Mr Fox
  18. The very Hungry Caterpillar
  19. Charlotte, Charlotte’s Web
  20. Gandalf, The Hobbit
  21. Lucy, The Chronicles of Narnia
  22. Tigger
  23. Christopher Robin
  24. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games trilogy
  25. Danny, Danny, the Champion of the World
  26. Piglet
  27. George, The Famous Five
  28. Stuart Little
  29. Josephine March, Little Women
  30. George, George’s Marvellous Medicine
  31. Pippi Longstocking
  32. Adrian Mole
  33. Topsy and Tim
  34. Hazel, Watership Down
  35. The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland
  36. Wilbur, Charlotte’s Web
  37. Barney, Stig of the Dump
  38. Babe
  39. Jim Hawkins, Treasure Island
  40. Little Bear
  41. William Brown, Just William
  42. Tom Gates
  43. Arrietty Clock, The Borrowers
  44. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, How to Train Your Dragon
  45. Chloe, Mr Stink
  46. Alex Ryder
  47. Lyra Belacqua, His Dark Materials trilogy
  48. Max, Where the Wild Things Are
  49. Christopher John Francis Boone, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  50. Stanley Lambchop (a.k.a. Flat Stanley)