Favorite Characters

Picture Books

The Mouse in THE GRUFFALLO BY JULIA DONALDSON

I love the way he thinks so quickly on his feet. MOUSE is a clever one.

Lilly in LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE BY KEVIN HENKES

Every emotion Lilly has is over the top. She loves, dislikes, gets mad and experiences joy with such passion.

Sofia in THREE SCOOPS AND A FIG BY SARA AKIN

Sofia’s determination to find her own specialty within her family is endearing and fun.

Beatrice in CLEAVER BEATRICE BY MARGARET WILLEY

I love her cleverness of course, and the fact that her adventures are with the giants in Uppper Michigan.

The baby in Jazz Baby BY LISA WHEELER

His expression makes me want to dance.

Buttercup in WAITING OUT THE STORM BY JOANN EARLY MACKEN

I love her inquisitiveness.

Early Readers

Squirrel in SQUIRREL’S WORLD BY LISA MOSER

Squirrel’s exuberance for everything in his life makes me happy.

Amelia Bedelia in THE AMELIA BEDELIA SERIES BY PEGGY PARISH

I really like to say her name and I also love how silly she is.

Middle Grade

Turner in LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY by Gary D. Schmidt

Turner’s determination to question the rules and his courage in standing firm to his own inner voice makes me want stand up and shout.

Ruby Lavender in LOVE RUBY LAVENDER BY DEBORAH WILES

I really like that she had the courage to forgive.

Heidi in SO BE IT BY SARA WEEKS

I admire her ability to look until she finds the answers.

Primsrose in Everything on a Waffle BY POLLY HORVATH

Primrose’s unshakeable faith in the power of love inspires me.

Young Adult

Mattie in A NOTHERN LIGHT BY JENNIFER DONNELLY

I love Mattie’s journey in finding her voice and strength to live her own life.

Rosie in HOUSE OF DANCE BY BETH KEPHART

Rosie is an expert at giving love while dealing with loss.

Melinda in SPEAK BY LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON

Melinda is that girl in all of us who longs for acceptance. I love her journey through darkness into the light.

LaVaughn in TRUE BELIEVER BY VIRGINIA EUWER WOLFF (MAKE LEMONADE TRIOLOGY)

LaVaughn is plucky and determined to make something of herself despite the odds. I admire her determination, focus and heart.

Lakshimi in SOLD BY PATRICIA McCORMICK

I really respect the way Lakshimi risks everything to reclaim her life.