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Let’s face it, It’s not easy to understand the importance of reading for children. These days, many things, like TV or mobile games, seem more interesting than reading.

And sometimes you are so busy with your work or tired of repeating the same book that ignore the reading to kids.

Fortunately, these inspiring quotes can help. They can encourage kids to love reading. Meanwhile, they can remind you of the importance of reading to your kids and you will never ignore.

Here are some reading quotes I really like. You can write them on the title page of the book as your kids holiday gift, or (if you are teacher )post them on school library classroom wall, or take one of your favorite as your tattoo.

Here are the reading quotes for kids, highlighting the importance of reading to kids.

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. ” – Neil Gaiman

“Books were my personal pass to freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.” – Art Spiegelman

“Choose a book as you choose a friend.” – Sir Christopher Wren

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr. Seuss

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.” – Helen Hayes

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” – Anna Quindlen

“Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” – Lloyd Alexander

“Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.” – Holbrook Jackson

“Readers are lucky – they will never be bored or lonely.” – Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck Everlasting

“Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Then when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.” – Karen Witemeyer

“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” – Tomie dePaola

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

“The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read” – Mary McCleod Bethune

“The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I [haven’t] read.” – Abraham Lincoln

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” – Walt Disney

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” – Mary McLeod Bethune

“To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.” –Chinese Saying

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” – Roald Dahl, Matilda

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” – Marcel Proust

“We read to know we are not alone.” – C S Lewis

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

“You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me.” – Strickland Gillilan

“You can travel the world and never leave your chair when you read a book.” – Sherry K. Plummer

Here are the reading quotes for parents. You can also get some ideas about reading to your kids.

“Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.” – Art Spiegelman

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis

“Access to books and the encouragement of the habit of reading: these two things are the first and most necessary steps in education and librarians, teachers and parents all over the country know it. It is our children’s right and it is also our best hope and their best hope for the future.” – Michael Morpurgo

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou

“A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.” – Louis L’Amour

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

“Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach then to question everything.” – George Carlin

“Every book is a children’s book if the kid can read!” – Mitch Hedberg

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini

“I feel the need of reading. It is a loss to a man not to have grown up among books.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations-something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.” – Katherine Patterson

“I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.” – JK Rowling

“I believe we should spend less time worrying about the quantity of books children read and more time introducing them to quality books that will turn them on to the joy of reading and turn them into lifelong readers.” – James Patterson

“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

“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

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” – Kofi Anan

“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. ” – Mem Fox

“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.” – Judy Blume

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!” – A Tree Grows in Brook-lyn, 1943

“One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children.” – Carl Sagan

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” – Kate DiCamillo

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” – May Ellen Chase

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” – Marcel Proust

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” – Elizabeth Hardwick

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” – Austin Phelps

“We need to tell kids flat out: reading is not optional.” – Walter Dean Myers

“When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child’s hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an Awakener.” – Paula Fox

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr. Seuss

“You tell a kid he doesn’t like to read, and he’ll believe you.” – Gabrielle Zevin

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Some other quotes I prefer.

“Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.” – E.P. Whipple

“A house without books is like a room without windows.” – Heinrich Mann

“A reader lives a thousand lives, before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R. R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

“It is books that are the key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can.” – Jane Hamilton

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

“I even love the smell of books.” – Adriana Trigiani

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Hazel Rochman

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley

“The love of learning, The sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“There’s something good in every book, but sometimes you just have to look for it.” – Anonymus

“Reading … a vacation for the mind.” – Dave Barry

Which one is your favorite?

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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


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