Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.— Marcus Tullius Cicero
Empowering Childrens Book quotations
Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.
One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
The people themselves begin to clamour for an education which shall qualify their children for life rather than for earning a living. As a matter of fact, it is the man who has read and thought on many subjects who is, with the necessary training, the most capable whether in handling tools, drawing plans, or keeping books.
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.
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.
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.
Let them get at the books themselves, and do not let them be flooded with diluted talk from the lips of their teacher. The less the parents 'talk-in' and expound their rations of knowledge and thought to the children they are educating, the better for the children...Children must be allowed to ruminate, must be left alone with their own thoughts.
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.
In Great Britain, an author published a book in which he claimed that Jesus Christ had children. Such statements don't trigger civil unrest and bloodshed in Europe. But write similar statements about Islam in Syria and you might see bloody uprisings.
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
I hope children will be happy with the books I've written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.
My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia.
When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free.
It takes all the running you can do just to keep in the same place.
My alma mater was books, a good library.
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.
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.
You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
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.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends.
I try to have reasonably happy endings because I would hate any child to be cast down in gloom and despair; I want to show them you can find a way out of it.
The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
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.
As the child approaches a new text he is entitled to an introduction so that when he reads, the gist of the... story can provide some guide for a fluent reading.
A Message to Children Who Have Read This Book - When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: a stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY.
Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books?
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.