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I am working on a couple of booklists, similiar to the 175 Cool Boys from Children's Literature and 200 Cool Girls from Children's Literature put together by uber organized Jen Robinson and could use some help building up my lists.

Here are the lists I am putting together:
 
Mother's in Children's Literature (if someone has already done this master list, please let me know.)

Fathers in Children's Literature (yes, I have a list of fathers and daughters in kidlit but I'd like to broaden the list to all sorts of fathers in children's literature.

And what the heck - grandparents too!

Here is the list so far:

MOTHERS
The mother in The Runaway Bunny (Margaret Wise Brown)
Homily Clock The Borrowers (Mary Norton)
The calico cat in The Underneath (Kathi Appelt)
Marmee from Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Mrs. Frisby of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O'Brien)
The mother in Are You My Mother? (P. D. Eastman)
Sarah in Sarah Plain and Tall (Patricia Maclachlan)
The mother in Love You Forever (Robert N Munsch)
Mrs Walker from the Swallows & Amazons books (Arthur Ransome)
"Moms" from the Trixie Belden books (Julie Campbell and Kathryn Kenny)
Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter books (J K Rowling)
Mrs. Sowerby in The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
Caroline Ingalls in The Little House on the Praire (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Katherine Krupnik from the Anastasia series (Lois Lowry)
Mrs. Murry from A Wrinkle In Time (Madeleine L'Engle)
Mrs. Darling  from Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie)
Mrs. Milton from Spud (John Howard van de Ruit)
Mrs.  Quimby  from the Henry Huggins and Ramona series (Beverly Cleary)
Mrs. Tillerman from Homecoming (Cynthia Voigt)
The Other Mother in Coraline (Neil Gaiman)
The mother in So B. It (Sarah Weeks)
Mrs. Coulter in His Dark Materials series (Philip Pullman)
Mrs Connor from Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature (Robin Brande)
Mama from the  "All-of-a-Kind-Family" series (Sidney Taylor)

FATHERS
Pod Clock The Borrowers (Mary Norton)
Charles Ingalls in The Little House on the Praire (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Ted Walker from the Swallows & Amazons books (Arthur Ransome)
Peter Belden  from the Trixie Belden books (Julie Campbell and Kathryn Kenny)
Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter books (J K Rowling).
Mr. Melendy from the Melendy books (Elizabeth Enright)
Mr. Darling  from Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie)
Mr. Murry from A Wrinkle In Time (Madeleine L'Engle)
Mr. Milton from Spud (John Howard van de Ruit)
Mr. Quimby  from the Henry Huggins and Ramona series (Beverly Cleary)
Myron Krupnik from the Anastasia series (Lois Lowry)
Fenton Hardy from the Hardy Boys series
Carson Drew from the Nancy Drew series
Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Elrond in Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
King Theoden in Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The preacher father in Because of Winn Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
Pa Faulstich in Just Juice (Karen Hesse)
Henry Swann in Protecting Marie (Kevin Henkes)
Jakob in Family Tree (Katherine Ayres)
Mr. Penderwick in The Penderwicks (Jeanne Birdsall)
Mortimer Folchart in Inkheart (Cornelia Funke)
Isaiah Goodspeed in The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed (Heather Vogel Frederick )
Mr. in  Mr. And Me (Kimberly Willis Holt)
Mr. Peck in Boston Jane (Jennifer L. Holm)
Bill Casson in Saffy's Angel (Hilary McKay)
Ben Sills in Words By Heart (Ouida Sebestyen) 
The father in Hugging the Rock (Susan Taylor Brown)
Saul Naumann in Bee Season (Myla Goldberg) 
The father in Tender (Valerie Hobbs)
Whip in One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies (Sonya Sones) 

GRANDMOTHERS
Mrs Oldknowe (sp?) from the Green Knowe books (Lucy M Boston)
Abigail Tillerman from the Tillerman books (Cynthia Voigt).
 

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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melissawyatt
March 8th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
She may be a mouse, but Mrs. Frisby of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH has got to be up there among the bravest and most awesoem moms in children's lit.

susanwrites
March 8th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, what a very nice start! Thanks.
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(Anonymous)
March 8th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Ted Walker and Mrs Walker from the Swallows & Amazons books (Arthur Ransome).

Peter Belden and "Moms" from the Trixie Belden books (Julie Campbell and "Kathryn Kenny").

Arthur and Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter books (J K Rowling).

Mr Melendy from the Melendy books (Elizabeth Enright).

Grandmothers? Mrs Oldknowe (sp?) from the Green Knowe books (Lucy M Boston).

I suppose you could consider Fenton Hardy and Carson Drew....


RM1(SS) (ret)
susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Wonderful entries, thank you.
beckylevine
March 8th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Mrs. Sowerby in The Secret Garden
The father in Arthur Ransome's Swallows & Amazon series who barely makes an appearance, but who gives permission for his kids to sail their boat 'round the lakes by themselves with a telegram that says: BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WON'T DROWN
Caroline Ingalls (and I mean the one in the books NOT in the TV series!)

:)


Edited at 2009-03-08 11:11 pm (UTC)
susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! What a father!
arialas
March 8th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Anastasia Krupnik's parents from Lois Lowry's series.

Mr. & Mrs. Murry from A Wrinkle In Time.
janni
March 8th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I was going to mention Mr. and Mrs. Murry (Murray?) too.
(no subject) - susanwrites - March 9th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - susanwrites - March 9th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC) - Expand
elmwood
March 8th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
The Weasleys from Harry Potter
The Darlings from Peter Pan
Spud's manic parents from the book of the same name
susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, I always liked the Darlings!
(Anonymous)
March 9th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
If you're going to allow grandparents-in-lieu-of-parents (or would you prefer to start a separate list for grandparents?), Abigail Tillerman from the Tillerman books (Cynthia Voigt).


RM1(SS) (ret)
The Old Coot
susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Oh yes, we need grandparents too, don't we? thanks.
amvrettos
March 9th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
I *loved* Ramona and Beezus Quimby's parents!
Also, for most memorable, the Tillerman's mom with her sad moon face from Homecoming etc.

susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, how could I forget the Quimbys? Thanks!
kellyrfineman
March 9th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Mothers in children's lit (mind you, many of them are not GOOD mothers):

1. The Other Mother in Coraline by Neil Gaiman
2. The mother in So B. It, whose name I don't recall.
3. Mrs. Coulter in His Dark Materials series.
4. Mrs. Weasley in the HP series.
susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
LOL on not being GOOD mothers. Thanks!
(Anonymous)
March 9th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Mrs Connor from Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature (Robin Brande).
susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Thanks!
franslayton
March 9th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
My OWN father!!
Okay, sorry for this blatant self promotion, but I have to mention my OWN father, because he is in my book! But he's a kid in my book, so I don't think he can count as a father for your list. But his father (my grandfather) is also in my book - so I vote for my grandfather - W.P. Cannon in When the Whistle Blows (Philomel/Penguin, June 2009)!!
susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Re: My OWN father!!
:)

that's neat to know even if I can't add it to the main list.
cat_mcdougall
March 9th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

(When I was a kid, Lord of the Rings was considered kid/early teen lit, and Elrond was one of my favourite fathers, as well as King Theoden.)
susanwrites
March 9th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Good ones, thanks.
(Anonymous)
March 9th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
My favorite parent set is actually Mother Bhaer (Jo) and Father Bhaer in Little Men also by Alcott
(Anonymous)
March 9th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
memorable mothers
Peter Rabbit's mother (Beatrix Potter)
olmue
March 9th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Lily and James Potter!
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