What Makes a Great Children’s Book Character

Every child has a favorite bedtime story. It may be Cinderella or Peter Pan. As an author aiming to self publish online, one of the most important things to do is create a character that a child will love. It is imperative to put one’s self in the child’s shoes and take their interests in mind when conceptualizing a character for a story.

As such, every aspiring children’s book author should know the five considerations for creating a children’s book character. Take note of these five factors to produce a persona that will become a well-loved icon among kids. Here are those five items to consider when creating a character for kids.



The name will tell a lot about the character. Since the book caters to kids, choosing a straightforward name is a rule of thumb. It should be easy for kids to remember. It should also be able to easily conjure the right image of what the character is like in the child’s mind.

When creating a name for the character, consider:

  • Keeping it relevant. For example, if your character is a rabbit, would you name it Conejo or Perro?
  • Using alliterative names. Doing names like Carly Crybaby or Bobby Beaver is fun.
  • Keeping it simple. Cathy is probably easier to remember and pronounce for kids compared to Margareth.
  • Keeping it unique. Avoid using names that sound too similar in one story – i.e., Matthew and Matt, Baby and Bobby.



Including the age can help set the character’s personality. Better yet, include the characters birthday. Why is it critical to decide on the age and birthday? By setting these character information, you will know how to write the characters in such a way that they are acting as they are supposed to act if they are real. Remember that a four-year-old princess behaves significantly different compared to a 19-year-old storekeeper.



Keep in mind what your character looks like. Does your character have blue eyes and blonde hair? Is the fairy godmother a chubby and bubbly grandma? Is the main character’s pet a furry animal?

When working on your story, it is highly recommended that you keep a photo that closely resembles the character that you created. You don’t have to thoroughly write the details of your character’s appearance on your manuscript. As long as you know how your character looks like, that should be enough. That will promote stronger writing.



How’s the character’s relationship with their family members, friends, or neighbors? Does the sister have a loving attitude toward the main character? Is the father a doting one? Of course, you will also have to come up with names for them as well as their respective personalities.



Personality is probably the most vital area to focus on when writing a children’s book character. The personality of a character will have an impact on how the story flows, after all. A character’s personality will include their strengths, weaknesses, obsessions, fears, attitudes, hobbies, special talents, and even catchphrases.


Your self-published children’s book will be successful if you have a great character to bring life to your story. Once your children’s book is ready, Legaia Books Online can help with the publishing and marketing. Our publishing consultants are here to assist you. Give us a call at 1 (844) 692-2665 for more details.

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