Just Like Us: Famous Characters Recommend Children’s Books

The characters we love in books or on the screen can seem intimidating and distant. But they are just like us! Of course, they do typical everyday things like walk their dog or go grocery shopping, and they definitely love children’s literature. Doesn’t everyone? Read on for some of their favorite current recommendations.

The Hulk suggests I Can Open It for You by Shinsuke Yoshitake. This is a book that features a need for Hulk-like strength and encompasses a thoughtful and service-minded outlook. Hulk can appreciate the value of strength, and his alter-ego Bruce Banner is drawn to the element of helping others.

Miles Morales recommends I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton or Jumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider by Jessica Lanan. Coming to terms with his new skills has not been easy, but picture book nonfiction is both accessible and fun.

If you are feeling blue, Eeyore woefully suggests After the Fall by Dan Santat. Sometimes you might have a friend who is feeling a bit down, and then you might think about reading Jenny Mei is Sad by Tracy Subisak if you get around to it. There’s no hurry.

Barbie loves to read the latest in the She Persisted series. These biographies have information about a wide variety of inspiring women, from Simone Biles to Deb Haaland. If you like how Barbie represents all kinds of people, this series might be for you.

With her curious and analytical mind, Wednesday Addams appreciates books that look squarely at the darker side of life. She cheerlessly maintains that you should read books like Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh, The Skull by Jon Klassen or Lotería by Karla Valenti. From reality to the folklore of our head bones, to the way death comes for us all, Wednesday’s recommendations are for readers with a somewhat morbid fascination.

Naturally curious about the world around her, Laura Ingalls recommends The Birchbark House series by Louise Erdrich. The Birchbark House and the books that come after it are about an Ojibwe girl and her family. This series takes place around the same time that Laura Ingalls was traveling with her family, and it’s written with a similar eye to detail that Laura appreciates.

Fezzik from The Princess Bride suggests you get Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems. You might regret ignoring this story as of yet. Fezzik’s mindset revels in this book’s arrangement of the alphabet. Don’t let the sun set on this tale of earnest Nanette and her Baguette.

Elizabeth Zott from Lessons in Chemistry encourages you to read books about female scientists like Kate the Chemist by Kate Biberdorf, Libby Loves Science: States of Matter by Kimberly Derting, or Shuri by Nic Stone. Learning about the world is the purview of everyone.

Ted Lasso enthusiastically recommends Booked by Kwame Alexander if you are looking for a rousing sports read with great wordplay, or if you want something more philosophical but still loads of fun, he says to try The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson.

So, join your favorite fictional celebrities and check out one of these fantastic reads today.