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The Most Beloved Book Characters for Kids of All Ages

From Corduroy to Jo March, there are literary characters we love and adore. Find your favorite character below who have and will continue to inspire you at any age!

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    Anne of Green Gables Book Cover Picture
    Anne of Green Gables Book Cover Picture

    Anne of Green Gables

    by L. M. Montgomery

    Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
    Anne of Green Gables Book Cover Picture
    Anne of Green Gables Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.00

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    Wonder Book Cover Picture
    Wonder Book Cover Picture

    Wonder

    by R. J. Palacio

    August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
    Wonder Book Cover Picture
    Wonder Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.99

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    Madeline Book Cover Picture
    Madeline Book Cover Picture

    Madeline

    by Ludwig Bemelmans

    Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers, even after 75 years!
    Madeline Book Cover Picture
    Madeline Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $9.99

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    Corduroy 40th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    Corduroy 40th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

    Corduroy

    by Don Freeman

    In 1968, a girl named Lisa fell in love with a little brown bear wearing green overalls with one button missing, and thousands of readers followed suit, making Corduroy one of the best-loved children?s books of all time.
    Corduroy 40th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    Corduroy 40th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $19.99

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    If You Come Softly Book Cover Picture
    If You Come Softly Book Cover Picture

    If You Come Softly

    by Jacqueline Woodson

    Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he’s in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he’s going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don’t exactly fit in there. So it’s a surprise when he meets Ellie the first week of school. In one frozen moment their eyes lock, and after that they know they fit together–even though she’s Jewish and he’s black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that’s not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way.
    If You Come Softly Book Cover Picture
    If You Come Softly Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Llama Llama Red Pajama Book Cover Picture
    Llama Llama Red Pajama Book Cover Picture

    Llama Llama Red Pajama

    by Anna Dewdney

    Pre-schooler Llama Llama’s adventures include bedtime drama, a first day of school, and a sleepover at Gram and Grandpa’s, and more. 
    Llama Llama Red Pajama Book Cover Picture
    Llama Llama Red Pajama Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.00

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    EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken Book Cover Picture
    EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken Book Cover Picture

    EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken

    by Sally Warner

    Even though he’s the smallest kid in class, eight-year-old EllRay Jakes can get himself into big trouble. EllRay Jakes is tired of being bullied by fellow classmate Jared Matthews. But when EllRay tries to defend himself, he winds up in trouble. Then his dad offers him a deal: If he stays out of trouble for one week, they’ll go to Disneyland! EllRay says he can do it. But saying it and doing it are two very different things.
    EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken Book Cover Picture
    EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $5.99

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Cover Picture
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Cover Picture

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    by Roald Dahl

    Twice turned into a feature film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delectable classic about a child’s dreams and the eccentric chocolate-maker who makes them come true.
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Cover Picture
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Picnic Book Cover Picture
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Picnic Book Cover Picture

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Garden Picnic

    by Eric Carle

    Munch through different foods with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this brand-new scratch-and-sniff board book! Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar Scratch-and-Sniff includes a sweet story about Eric Carle’s classic character eating through his favorite foods and includes six fun scents to scratch and sniff on every spread for added fun.
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Picnic Book Cover Picture
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Picnic Book Cover Picture

    Board Book
    $12.99

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    Pippi Longstocking Book Cover Picture
    Pippi Longstocking Book Cover Picture

    Pippi Longstocking

    by Astrid Lindgren

    Tommy and Annika have a new neighbor: red-haired, freckle-faced Pippi Longstocking, who has upside-down braids and no parents to tell her what to do. The three children have the most rollicking adventures on their own, with horses and monkeys, the circus, and more!
    Pippi Longstocking Book Cover Picture
    Pippi Longstocking Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $7.99

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    Matilda Book Cover Picture
    Matilda Book Cover Picture

    Matilda

    by Roald Dahl

    Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different, but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress.  When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull, she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It will take superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves, and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
    Matilda Book Cover Picture
    Matilda Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.00

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    Little Women Book Cover Picture
    Little Women Book Cover Picture

    Little Women

    by Louisa May Alcott

    In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy are responsible for keeping a home while their father is off to war. At the same time, they must come to terms with their individual personalities—and make the transition from girlhood to womanhood. It can all be quite a challenge. But the March sisters, however different, are nurtured by their wise and beloved Marmee, bound by their love for each other and the strength they share.
    Little Women Book Cover Picture
    Little Women Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.00

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    Uni the Unicorn Book Cover Picture
    Uni the Unicorn Book Cover Picture

    Uni the Unicorn

    by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! But no matter what the grown-up unicorns say, Uni believes that little girls are REAL. Somewhere there must be a smart, strong, wonderful, magical little girl waiting to be best friends. In fact, far away (but not too far away), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her, too.
    Uni the Unicorn Book Cover Picture
    Uni the Unicorn Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    The Lorax Book Cover Picture
    The Lorax Book Cover Picture

    The Lorax

    by Dr. Seuss

    Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches kids to speak up and stand up for those who can’t. With a recycling-friendly “Go Green” message, The Lorax allows young readers to experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted, all in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful. The book’s final pages teach us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference.
    The Lorax Book Cover Picture
    The Lorax Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.99

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    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Book Cover Picture
    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Book Cover Picture

    Mercy Watson to the Rescue

    by Kate DiCamillo

    To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she’s a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson.
    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Book Cover Picture
    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $6.99

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    Rocket Says Look Up! Book Cover Picture
    Rocket Says Look Up! Book Cover Picture

    Rocket Says Look Up!

    by Nathan Bryon

    Meet Rocket–a plucky aspiring astronaut intent on getting her community to LOOK UP from what they’re doing and reach for the stars in this auspicious debut picture book.
    Rocket Says Look Up! Book Cover Picture
    Rocket Says Look Up! Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    The Velveteen Rabbit Book Cover Picture
    The Velveteen Rabbit Book Cover Picture

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    by Margery Williams

    When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he is snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse, who explains how toys can become “real” if they are loved enough. The Velveteen Rabbit longs for this to happen, and one day he finds that he has become the Boy’s very favorite toy. They play together through a long, golden summer, Rabbit becoming shabbier and shabbier as he becomes real to the boy who loves him. The rabbits in the garden think otherwise — how can Rabbit be real when he can’t leap and hop?
    The Velveteen Rabbit Book Cover Picture
    The Velveteen Rabbit Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Peter Rabbit and Friends Book Cover Picture
    Peter Rabbit and Friends Book Cover Picture

    Peter Rabbit and Friends

    by Beatrix Potter

    Revisit six timeless tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, and more of their pals as they go on adventures, get into trouble, and learn valuable lessons in this gorgeous collectible edition featuring Beatrix Potter’s classic characters.
    Peter Rabbit and Friends Book Cover Picture
    Peter Rabbit and Friends Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.00

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    The House at Pooh Corner: Classic Gift Edition Book Cover Picture
    The House at Pooh Corner: Classic Gift Edition Book Cover Picture

    The House at Pooh Corner: Classic Gift Edition

    by A. A. Milne

    For over ninety years, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends–Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and the ever doleful Eeyore–have endured as the unforgettable creations of A. A. Milne, who wrote this book for his son, Christopher Robin, and Ernest H. Shepard, who lovingly gave Pooh and his companions shape through his illustrations.
    The House at Pooh Corner: Classic Gift Edition Book Cover Picture
    The House at Pooh Corner: Classic Gift Edition Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.00

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    Junie B. Jones #1: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus Book Cover Picture
    Junie B. Jones #1: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus Book Cover Picture

    Junie B. Jones #1: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

    by Barbara Park

    Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years! In the 1st Junie B. Jones book, it’s Junie B.’s first day and she doesn’t know anything. She’s so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it’s time to go home, she doesn’t.
    Junie B. Jones #1: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus Book Cover Picture
    Junie B. Jones #1: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $11.99

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    The Outsiders 50th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Outsiders 50th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

    The Outsiders

    by S. E. Hinton

    Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a goo d time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
    The Outsiders 50th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Outsiders 50th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $20.00

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    Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth Book Cover Picture
    Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth Book Cover Picture

    Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

    by Judd Winick

    D.J. and Gina are totally ordinary kids. But Hilo isn’t! Hilo just fell out of the sky and doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. What if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of Hilo’s past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? Find out in HILO-a laugh-out-loud, epic story of friendship! Adventure! (And the occasionaly mutant space robot).
    Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth Book Cover Picture
    Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $13.99

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