Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.— George Carlin
Unbelievable Reading For Kids quotations
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.
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.
Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
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.
Decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
The more you read, the more things you will know.
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.
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.
Any kid that feels like they don't have any kind of future, whether they're on a street corner in Harlem or in a little town in Kansas where nothing happens, it's all out there for them. They can do whatever they dream or wish or see on television, or read about in the papers.
Love of books is the best of all.
I've been interested in cartooning all my life.
I read the comics as a kid, and I did cartoons for high school publications - the newspaper and yearbook and soon. In college, I got interested in political cartooning and did political cartoons.
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.
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.
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.
I had a very sparse comic upbringing - not because I was being whipped into reading Chekhov and Dickens, but I read Asterix on holidays when I was a kid, and Tin Tin was featured, I remember, for a few years.
When I was a kid, a book I read advised young artist to be themselves.
That decided it for me. I was a corny kind of guy, so I went in for corn.
It's funny - I read that women look to chiseled-faced guys for one-night stands, and to round-faced guys for marriage. When I'm rounder in the face, I like to say, 'This is my long-term look.' Or 'This is my wife-and-kids look right here.
It’s obvious you kids are smart-school and good teachers will do that for you-but wisdom is something altogether different. Wisdom can be gathered in your downtime. Wisdom that can change the very course of your life will come from the people you are around, the books you read, and the things you listen to or watch on radio or television.
My parents both had Oxford degrees, they read important books, spoke foreign languages, drank real coffee and went to museums for pleasure. People like that don't have fat kids: they were cut out to be winners and winners don't have children who are overweight.
Richer than I you can never be, I had a mother who read to me.
The best way to get kids to read a book is to say: 'This book is not appropriate for your age, and it has all sorts of horrible things in it like sex and death and some really big and complicated ideas, and you're better off not touching it until you're all grown up. I'm going to put it on this shelf and leave the room for a while. Don't open it.
Well meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading - do not discourage children from reading because you feel they're reading the wrong thing. There is no such thing as the wrong thing to be reading and no bad fiction for kids.
If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.
So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.