3. Clarice Bean
Clarice Bean is the equally spunky, but modern version of Ramona Quimby. Author Lauren Child first brought her endearing writing to life with the TV series Charlie & Lola (also highly recommended!) and has gone on to pen a handful of fabulously fun books since. Clarice is just an average middle- to upper-elementary aged girl who brings humor to all the regular worries and problems of growing up. I especially love Clarice for her spirit and honest innocence.