Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters in Toddler Books

If you’re a reader, then you are definitely going to have some favorite books that you remember reading or having read to you. If you are a parent, there are books that your children have insisted upon reading over and over again, with you either wanting to hit your head against the wall or eagerly agree to. Here are the characters that I loved from preschool days. As per the usual, they are not in any particular order.

  1. Madeleine from Madeleine’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans. Yeah yeah yeah – we meet her in a previous book, but who can forget the dramatic rescue of both the dog and Madeleine? Plus, (spoiler alert) they all end up with PUPPIES!
  2. The mouse in Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. There’s nothing toddlers like more than repetition. And surprises. And repeating surprises. My daughter and I always looked for the tiny rodent.
  3. The three singing pigs in Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton. We always sang this page operatic-style.
  4. If there’s anything we learned from Go Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman it is this: it will take a few times of asking before that dog will like your hat. Way to stay on it, Lady Poodle. We also learned that there is a HUGE difference between the narrative in the board book and the regular book. But there’s always a dog party.
  5. You think the bunny’s the star of Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt? Then you’d be right. Except, his name’s not Pat. Never was.
  6. Ann Likes Red by Dorothy Z. Seymour. This was the first book I ever read. I LOVED this book. I wanted Ann’s fashion sense and determination. I believe I eventually (after living through the 70s) accomplished both. I still have my copy, with my own “artistic” embellishments.
  7. You can’t read this book correctly without doing animal voices. The basset hound and the cow tie for best characters (’cause they basically sound the same) here in another gem by P.D. Eastman: Are You My Mother?
  8. The real star of Malachy Doyle’s Sleepy Pendoodle is easily the main character’s hairstyle.
  9. Another tale that totally hinges on the voices used is The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner. Of course, it’s the gator that wins in the end (oh – spoiler).
  10. There can’t be a top ten list of greatest characters ever without including Olivia the Pig. She has starred in many books, starting with the eponymous Olivia by Ian Faulkner.

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters in Toddler Books”

  1. My goodness, Pat the Bunny brings back some great memories. I read my copy so much that it fell apart — finally bought a fresh copy a couple years ago. I loved reading it with my mom. Thanks for bringing back some great memories for me. 🙂

    Here’s my TTT for the week. Happy reading!

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