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The 10 Best Parents in Children's Literature

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Best Books for Parents and Kids

I’m not one for reading parenting books, but I do love a good novel.

And some of my favorite books are supposedly for children. When it comes to getting inspiration for being a good parent, fiction — especially children’s literature — provides some excellent role models.

As I’ve pointed out in the past, a lot of children’s literature focuses on the absence of parents. But there are good parents in kids’ fiction, according to Linda Rodriguez at Mental Floss.

In fact, Rodriguez managed to find ten parents from children’s literature who she deemed worthy. In some cases, they’re parent figures, but they all provide great parenting tips. Also, note that in the case of “Little House on the Prairie” and “Cheaper by the Dozen,” the books’ parents are actually based on real-life amazing parents.

Top Ten Fictional Parents:

1. Atticus Finch — “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

He’s a single dad and a moral compass.

2.Alex and Kate Murry — “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

The Murrays made scientists seem cool.

3.The Weasleys — “Harry Potter” series by JK Rowling

Molly and Arthur Weasley are loving, playful and protective of their children. Plus, as Rodriguez points out, “they loved each other as much as they loved their children.”

4.Marmee — “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

A virtual single mom (dad is away fighting the Civil War), Marmee holds the family together. She always seems to know the right thing to say to her daughters.

5. Mr. and Mrs. Little — “Stuart Little” by EB White

Talk about open-minded and non-judgmental! The Stuarts don’t let the fact that their son, Stuart, was born a mouse, get in the way of loving him. They treat him just like any ordinary child.

6.Ma and Pa Ingalls — “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

True pioneers who taught their children to be hard-working and honest.

7.Mr. and Mrs. Quimby — “Ramona” series by Beverly Cleary

Bob and Dorothy remain patient, loving and supportive even though Ramona continually tests their nerves. They’re not perfect – but that’s one more reason to love them.

8.Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert — “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert of the Green Gables farm become unlikely parents to the orphan Anne. Both Matthew and Anne embrace Anne and help keep her grounded.

9.Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Blank Panther, and the wolves — “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling

Father Wolf and Mother Wolf  rescue Mowgli from Shere Khan and then Baloo the sleepy bear and Bagheera the panther teach the boy the Law of the Jungle. Sometimes it takes a village to raise a man-cub.

10.The Gilbreths — “Cheaper By The Dozen” by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr., and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Frank and Lillian Gilbreth ran their household (of 12 kids!) efficiently and with love (and a sense of fun).

Who are your favorite fictional parents?

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