13 Quotes about Kids and Books

There’s no denying (if you’ve a single ounce of common sense) that reading has a huge impact on a person’s life. Reading expands a person’s world in ways they might never get to experience otherwise. To read a book is not like watching a movie. Movies tell you what’s going on from the outside looking in. Books let you experience the world from the inside looking out.

Teach a child to love to read and you’ve given them the best gift in the world. Luckily, lots of us bookworms recognize this. So here’s 13 Quotes about kids and books that I hunted up from Goodreads to prove a point.

13 Quotes about Kids and Books


  1. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
    Albert Einstein
  2. “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
    Madeleine L’Engle
  3. “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”
    Anna Quindlen
  4. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
    Emilie Buchwald
  5. “You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them. ”
    Maurice Sendak
  6. “We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.”
    Harry Edwards
  7. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
    Margaret Fuller
  8. “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.”
    Roald Dahl
  9. “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
    Victor Hugo
  10. “I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
  11. “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.”
    Marcel Proust, Days of Reading
  12. “Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.”
    Peter S. Jennison
  13. “I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
    Bill Gates

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