Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.— George Carlin
Unconventional Books For Kids quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
Each time you read a book, a tree smiles knowing there's life after death.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
When a child is born, I once explained to the kids, some dads lay down bottles of wine for them that will mature when they grow up into ungrateful adults. Instead, what you're going to get from me, as each of you turns sixteen, is a library of the one hundred books that gave me the most pleasure when I was a know-nothing adolescent.
The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.
I am an author-illustrator of children's books - and yet - I must confess I don't do the books for the kids. When I'm working on a book I'm somewhere else - at the circus - or a rustic old farm - or deep in a forest - with no thought of who might read the book or what age group it would appeal to. I write them so I can illustrate them.
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.
It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
You dont have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
I think I write for reluctant readers.
Of course I want everyone to enjoy my books, but if the kids in the back row who normally don't pick up a book are engaged with what I'm writing, along with the kids who are big readers anyway, then I really feel like I've done my job.
Decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
I think it's necessary to let kids get bored once in a while - that's how they learn to be creative.
If you don't remember childhood and you idealize it, you can't write books for kids because they're not real. Kids pick that up.
The more you read, the more things you will know.
All the other books ask, 'What's it like?' What was World War II like for the young kid at Normandy, or what is work like for a woman having a job for the first time in her life? What's it like to be black or white?
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
Name the book that made the biggest impression on you.
I bet you read it before you hit puberty. In the time I've got left, I intend to write artistic books - for kids - because they're still open to new ideas.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul.
We live in a screen age, and to say to a kid, ‘I’d love for you to look at a book but I hate it when you look at the screen’ is just bizarre. It reflects our own prejudices and comfort zone. It’s nothing but fear of change, of being left out.
WIth freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy.
I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.
I get my ideas for books from my own kids and sometimes from other children.
Often when I am telling stories I will say: I am going to make up a new story.
Love of books is the best of all.
Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.
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We can buy you one of those books they have for little kids 'Timmy Has Two Dads'. Except I don't think they have one called 'Timmy Has Two Dads and One of Them Was Evil'. That part you're just going to have to work through on your own.
Today you are you! That is truer than true!
A child needs your love most when they deserve it least.
I do think, where would kids be if it weren't for you and for the good pediatricians, and for the good parents? I passionately believe in sitting a child on your lap and tracing the lines of the book with your finger, and they can read before they know they can, if you bother enough. I did it with my kids, and they're doing it with their kids now.
I am always amazed by the novel angles that people come up with for kids' Christmas books. Even if a family is not religious, who could resist, say, "Olive, the Other Reindeer," about Olive the dog who thinks the song refers to her and heads for the North Pole to help Santa out?
We need to actually teach kids that books aren't like broccoli.
You don't have to eat every bit on your plate. It's like secret adult's business. It's the secret we never, ever tell our children. No adult ever read a book because it's good for us. We read because it is fun.
I went away in my head, into a book.
Avoid demonizing television, computer games, and new technologies.
Electronic media may compete for kids' attention, but we're not going to get kids reading by badmouthing other entertainment. Admit that TV and games can do things books can't.
Humor is the oxygen of children's literature.
There's a lot of competition for children's time, but even kids who hate to read want to read a funny book.
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid.
[Before the Spirit] I had been producing comic books for 15-year-old cretins from Kansas [I wanted to aim for] a 55-year-old who had his wallet stolen on the subway. You can't talk about heartbreak to a kid.