Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.— George Carlin
Most Powerful Children's Books quotations
Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret... All the best people are!
I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
Actually, all education is self-education.
A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education. What you receive is like the outlines in a child’s coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself.
There are those who believe that the value of a children's book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that's huge.
Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you.
It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends.
Frog said, 'I wrote 'Dear Toad, I am glad that you are my best friend.
Your best friend, Frog.' 'Oh,' said Toad, 'that makes a very good letter.'Then Frog and Toad went out onto the front porch to wait for the mail. They sat there, feeling happy together.
I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book', but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you're directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable.
Many adults feel that every children's book has to teach them something.
... My theory is a children's book... can be just for fun.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant.
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.
When I was a child I devoured every book I could get my hands on.
I loved losing myself in colourful and dramatic stories - and my absolute favourite was 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.' Everything about it electrified me, and when I re-read Roald Dahl's books as an adult it surprised me.
A book can change the world... Every book a child reads creates new neurons in that child's brain.
Experts generally agree that taking all opportunities to read books and other material aloud to children is the best preparation for their learning to read. The pleasures of being read to are far more likely to strengthen a child's desire to learn to read than are repetitions of sounds, alphabet drills, and deciphering uninteresting words.
The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.
It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
I believe that a good children's book should appeal to all people who have not completely lost their original joy and wonder in life. The fact is that I don't make books for children at all. I make them for that part of us, of myself and of my friends, which has never changed, which is still a child.
A childhood without books – that would be no childhood.
That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.
Children's books are looked on as a sideline of literature.
A special smile. They are usually thought to be associated with women. I was determined not to have this label of sentimentality put on me so I signed by my intials, hoping people wouldn't bother to wonder if the books were written by a man, woman or kangaroo.
The more you read, the more things you will know.
Why did you do all this for me?' he asked.
'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.
A children's book is the perfect place where young readers can understand the world because they can take a deep breath and look at it and imagine and contemplate while they're looking at.
I believe that good questions are more important than answers, and the best children's books ask questions, and make the readers ask questions. And every new question is going to disturb someone's universe.
I don't want to write for adults. I want to write for readers who can perform miracles. Only children perform miracles when they read.
You know that place between sleep and awake? The place where you still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you... Peter Pan. That's where I'll be waiting.
One fish Two fish Red fish Blue fish!
I don't understand it any more than you do, but one thing I've learned is that you don't have to understand things for them to be.