Best Child Characters in Literature

by MikeRobbers

A few tiny little fellows that appeared in literature and I simply love...

We love kids; as a matter of fact, we love ourselves when we were kids as well. It is a common saying that the best time moment of our life, that time of our lives that make us feel nostalgic when we become grownups, is our childhood. Childhood is about untainted innocence mixed with a sense of bravery, is about romanticism accompanied by straight forwardness, is the desire of freedom and self liberation along with fear and insecurity, that come along with enhanced curiosity just as well; these are the basic elements of a child’s life. Children tend to dream a lot, till one day when they reach that age when all dreams actually get exchanged for an enhanced sense of... pragmatism. But that’s life!

All children are great; tiny human being at the beginning of a long twisted road, they all give a heroic sense of greatness, especially the ones that are closest to us. It is only natural for some of them to steal our attention. Whenever we attend a family party or some event of the sort, we tend to be drawn by children as if they were magnets; their lively spirit attracts life as such.

Also, there are some other children that, despite the fact that they have never actually lived among us, they are to keep us company for the rest of our lives and for an eternity. These are some of the ingenious fictional children characters that we meet in the all-time classic literature books. These children are a child’s best imaginary friend. As for the adults, well, they do allow some nostalgia to enter the adult lives. They are the friends that we will never lose!

Here are a few of my favorite fictional children characters:

Holden Caulfield

Holden Caulfield by melliMEL
Holden Caulfield by melliMEL

J. D. Salinger’s hero in the classic book The Catcher in the Rye, namely Holden Caulfield, is a synonym of teenage rebellion and of that dazzling spirit of independence. A lovely character if you get to understand him better, he basically dreams of a world of adults that are closer to their desires and to the untainted idea of truth and truthful living. Holden is recognized today as an archetypical hero of modern American literature; Salinger never again managed to reach that height in literature. Therefore, Holden Caulfield is his masterpiece.

Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain’s character named Tom Sawyer is probably one of the most recognizable fictional characters of all times. I cannot imagine a child growing anywhere in the world without having ever fantasized about Tom Sawyer and all of those thrilling adventures that he inspired. Along with his buddy Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer symbolizes the everlasting spirit of adventure and curiosity that only a child can experience and withhold. When you’re a child, the world looks bigger and the possibilities are endless after all… Booking DisneyWorld tickets by FloridaTix might make your child’s Sawyer inspired dreams come true when he will find himself in the Tom Sawyer Island… don’t miss that chance!

Tom Sawyer Island in Magic Kingdom


Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

And then there is Alice, this little girl that found herself living the wildest fantasies of her rich imagination – or were they Carroll's? Alice in Wonderland is nowadays a landmark of our culture, a book that parents will buy for their children as long as people… will still have children! And it might just be one of those books that parents will also buy for themselves. I personally read the book when I was still a teenager.  The book is, up till this day, one of the most pleasant reading experiences of my life…

Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton

Harry Potter

Harry Potter
Harry Potter

Whether I want it or not, I think that I will have to close this article with the one and only Harry Potter. Why is that? Well, simply because J.K. Rowling’s magnificent literary universe is by now a cultural phenomenon. When was the last time that children, along with their parents, were making lines outside a bookstore waiting for the latest adventures of some extraordinary kid with special powers? The nerd sort of type, also? Last time I checked people were waiting in lines for the new i-Pad! Apart from this, Harry Potter, generally speaking, is a lovely and convincing character. He is always trying to do good, he is down to earth (even if he knows how to fly!), he is a common sense guy that, even if he got to be known as a magician, he is surely the fictional character that the generations to come will identify themselves with. It’s hard to find kids who can say no to magic, after all!

Updated: 08/27/2013, MikeRobbers
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/16/2017

MikeRobbers, Thank you for the appealing literary characters and product lines! As for me, I agree with Kathleen Duffy about Anne of Green Gables -- the character charmingly repeats Anne with an e to make sure everyone knows which spelling is hers -- and would like to add the L. Frank Baum series on Dorothy and her friends in Oz.

MikeRobbers on 10/03/2013

They are all classic character and millions of children worldwide grew up with them! Harry Potter, though much more recent, is destined to become a classic too! Thanks for commenting WriterArtist!

WriterArtist on 10/02/2013

The first character I read when I was a kid was Tom Sawyer, the interesting facts and the story had a fascinating narration. Beautifully written with the wildest imaginations was Alice in Wonderland. And of course - comes the ever enchanting character of Harry Potter whom is my favourite. You have certainly taken some of the famous characters that we cannot forget.

MikeRobbers on 09/02/2013

Thanks Jennifer!

jptanabe on 09/02/2013

Great selection of amazing children in literature.

MikeRobbers on 08/29/2013

Thank you Barbara!

MikeRobbers on 08/29/2013

@Kathleen: Glad you enjoyed my post and many thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Barbara Purvis Hunter on 08/28/2013

I enjoyed Tom and Huck so much so I read the books to my nephews. My favorite books in elementary school were Fairy Tales and books about the presidents. I
Thanks for this article it was awesome and I did not know about Tom Sawyer Island. It is great for families to visit.
Thanks again.

KathleenDuffy on 08/28/2013

I really enjoyed this article - and I agree with your choices! I also like Anne of Green Gables very much which is a book I always read if I am feeling a bit low - her optimism revives my spirits!

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