Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.— George Carlin
Romantic Children's Literature quotations
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you.
'Oh, yes,' nodded Pollyanna emphatically.
'He said he felt better right away, that first day he thought to count 'em. He said if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must want us to do it - some.
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.
Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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.
Art is humanity's most essential, most universal language.
It is not a frill, but a necessary part of communication. The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama, architecture, visual art and literature. We must give our children knowledge and understanding of civilization's most profound works.
The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
There is no such thing as children’s literature.
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.
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 writer should, ideally, be a dedicated semi-lunatic, a kind of poet with a marvelous idea, who, preferably, when not committing the marvellous idea to paper, does something else of a quite different kind, so as to acquire new and rich experience.
I loved The Wind in the Willows. ... Walt Disney should be sued for cheapening it as he did. Imagine it, Mickey Mousing all those nice characters. I'm surprised he didn't do it with the New Testament.
Children’s literature must build a bridge between the colorful dream world full of fantasy and illusion, and a tougher real world full of twists and turns. The child armed with the torch of knowledge, awareness and guidance must cross this bridge and set foot to the intense harshness of the bigger world.
One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever.
Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.
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.
I don't think I'm essentially interested in children's books.
I'm interested in writing, and in pictures. I'm interested in people and in children because they are people.
People didn't make life, so they can't destroy it.
Even if we were to wipe out every bit of life in the world, we can't touch the place life comes from. Whatever made the plants and animals and people spring up in the first place will always be there, and life will spring up again.
The only books that work are those which fly through the air - the ones you let happen, not make happen.
Quietness is an essential part of all awareness.
In quiet times and sleepy times, a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own.
A child... who has learned from fairy stories to believe that what at first seemed a repulsive, threatening figure can magically change into a most helpful friend is ready to believe that a strange child whom he meets and fears may also be changed from a menace into a desirable companion.
There are people whom even children's literature would corrupt.
They read with particular enjoyment the piquant passages in the Psalter and in the Wisdom of Solomon.
The work of one author or artist may stimulate another author or artist to push the edge, to take the risk, to go where the field hasn't gone before. The result -very exciting children's literature and art ... exciting both for the professional and for the intended audience, the children.
All of a sudden their husband's dead and maybe a child is dead and they have absolutely nothing - and they're heading through the desert at night.
Children's reading and children's thinking are the rock-bottom base upon which this country will rise. Or not rise. In these days of tension and confusion, writers are beginning to realize that books for children have a greater potential for good or evil than any other form of literature on earth.
Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.
a good deal of childhood is strong stuff for adults and totally unsuitable for children.
By providing cheap and wholesome reading for the young, we have partly succeeded in driving from the field that which was positively bad; yet nothing is easier than to overdo a reformation, and, through the characteristic indulgence of American parents, children are drugged with a literature whose chief merit is its harmlessness.
He was very concerned about his children potentially being kidnapped or attached, and that's why they were covered up. When he went to Berlin zoo, there were 200 photographers.
...those of us who write for children are called, not to do something to a child, but be someone for a child.