Thursday, June 05, 2008

Children's Literature Alphabet

A while ago, I put together a children's book character name game for a baby shower and it got me thinking about children's book character names. Now, I'm working on putting together a set of alphabet flashcards for my son, with a book character for each name, but I need you help. I'm having trouble coming up with characters for some letters (I don't want just any old random characters, but fairly well-known characters that I love because I'd also love to give away a few sets of these as gifts). Here's my list so far:

A


Alexander





Alice






Amelia Bedelia



Angelina



Arthur



B

Babar


Babymouse



Berenstain Bears



C




Charlotte




Cindy Lou Who



Corduroy





Daisy


David


Dr. De Soto


E

Ella



Eloise





F

Francis



G
George (Curious)


George (& Martha)



George (Shrinks)



Gossie



Grinch



H
Harold



Harry



Horton



I
Imogene



Ira



J
Jeremy Jacob



Judy Moody



Junie B. Jones




K

Kipper



Knuffle Bunny



L
Leonardo


Lilly




Lyle



M
Madeline




Maisie

Max

N
Fancy Nancy

O
Olivia











Olive



P
Pepito





Peter Rabbit



Pigeon



Piggins



Pinkerton



Pippi



Q - ?

R
Ramona


Rolie Polie Olie

Rosie



S
Scaredy Squirrel



Strega Nona

Spot



Stink



Sylvester


T

Tacky


Time Warp Trio


Trixie


U - ?
V

Verdi


Viola Swamp


Violet


W

Wemberly


Wilbur

Wild Thing


Wodnet Wat


X - ?

Y - ?

Z - ?
So which character would you pick for each letter? And what do you suggest for the letters that I'm missing? I'd love to hear your ideas!

33 comments:

Jen Robinson said...

This rocks, Stephanie! I don't have any other names to suggest, but I do love this idea.

lisa (lost pezhead) said...

what a wonderful idea!! i'll be on the lookout for names...

Marika said...

I've recently stumbled across your blog and I love the topic! I also think the alphabet cards are a terrific concept. My only ideas were the Yooks and the Zooks from Dr. Suess' The Butter Battle Book (but I don't know if those would be well-known enough). For F, I loved the children's book The Story of Ferdinand and think Ferdinand is an endearing character. Others that crossed my mind were Frog and Toad, Sal (Blueberries for Sal), and Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus books. Hope those are helpful! Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of Skippyjon Jones! Fun Idea!

Janice Harayda said...

And what about "Zlateh the Goat," the Newbery Honor book by I.B. Singer with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, for Z?

Heather said...

U, X, Y and Z characters, huh? Keep my eyes open. Great idea Steph!

YNL said...

Perhaps a controversial choice, but how about (Captain) Underpants for U?

Anonymous said...

WOW1 This is a fantastic idea!!! so much better than traditional flashcards!!
How about Amelia, from Amelia's Notebook?
Greg Heffley ( from Diary of a Wimpy Kid) may not be well-known enough yet...
Captain Underpants for U, Jack and Annie from Magic Tree House, Thomas the Train, Pat the Bunny and/or The Poky Little Puppy? I can't wait to see what others suggest!!

Miss T. said...

Fabulous idea! What a wonderful way to incorporate children's book characters into literacy in the classroom! It would be great to make ABC Book with my kids with all the characters we have read or heard about throughout the year as a culminating activity:) Thanks.

Steph said...

Yertle the turtle is a great idea and so is Cantain Underpants! I've never read Zlateh the Goat so I never would have thought of that one. Thank you for the suggestions and keep them coming!

Before you suggested Captain Underpants, I was thinking the Ugly Duckling might work for the letter U. And the Velveteen Rabbit would be another option for V. I'm still stuck on Q; maybe the whole Quimby family from the Ramona books?

It seems like there should be a Zack in a picture book, but I can't think of one off of the top of my head. Can you? It's a good thing Marika suggested the Yooks and the Zooks for Y and Z because I can't think of much else.

amyh said...

I'll put in another vote for Skippyjon Jones!

Marya Jansen-Gruber said...

This is a delightful idea. I would add Henry Huggins, Carl the Dog, Waldo, Tashi, Ralph S. Mouse, Fly Guy, McDuff, Mercy Watson, Paddington, Hairy Maclary, Zelda (from Zelda and Ivy), Toot, Puddle, and Molly Moon.

And, though these are characters from books for older readers, I think Charlie Bone, Artemis Fowl, Septimus Heap, Emily Windsnap, Anne of Green Gables belong here too.

Jenny Schwartzberg said...

That's fun! I'd suggest Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Ozma of Oz and other Oz characters. There are books such as Who's Who in Children's Books that could give you a lot more ideas....

Jenny

Young Family said...

I just found your blog. I love childrens lit and look forward to your suggestions.

Anonymous said...

How about Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland for "Q"?

cneal said...

My daughter was looking at your site with me and suggested Fancy Nancy. I also thought about Skippy Jon Jones. I will try to add other characters as they come to mind.

Lenicia said...

N for Nate the Great

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

Was surfin' for some ideas and found this resource. It's not at our library but maybe it's at yours:

Who's Who in Children's Books

New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1975.

In print in Library with call number: Reference PN1009 .A1 F575

Descriptions of characters in children's books, arranged alphabetically by character name.

And, the following book has a character names "Queenie Bee": "Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective"

Anonymous said...

love the idea! but maybe to figure out what to use, it would help to have all picture book characters or all chapter book characters.

Amy said...

I thought of characters from Dr. Seuss's ABC book because we read it often:

Quick Queen of Quincy and her Quacking Quackeroo

Uncle Ubb's Umbrulla and his Underwear too

Yertle the Turtle

Zizzer zazzer zuzz

Rebecca Hickman said...

I like the Queen of Hearts, too!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea. It makes me wish I was still teaching elementary school. But it would also be fun for my little girl when she gets older.

Anyways. The one character that I think can't be over looked is Mrs.Piggle-Wiggle. Sorry she doesn't help with the letter 'Q' quandry.

Anonymous said...

yertle the turtle for y.
great ideas :)

Anonymous said...

Stellaluna is a great character.

Anonymous said...

Stellaluna is a great character.

Anonymous said...

Quigley, the dog. Not a book, though, movie. http://www.quigleythemovie.com/

Anonymous said...

Y - Yurtle the Turtle

Janet said...

U could be U, boy genius of the stone age or Uno's garden, Q could be Q Pootle 5

Janet said...

Z could be Zachary Quack (Lindsay Dodd, author of Hairy Maclary stories)

The Kindergarten Express said...

Clifford and Emily Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

For the letter Z: One of my family's favorite children's books ever was "Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-zoo!"

Anonymous said...

Pinkalicious for P
Yoko for Y

I LOVE this idea, you have a great list.

allison cossick said...

U - Uncle Wiggily