54 Inspiring Reading Quotes for Kids

If you are a parent or adult and want to help your child succeed as a reader, the most important thing you can do is to start reding books aloud together. Have a regular story time and read a variety of books to the children. If you are patient and consistent, they will love story time and learn to love reading.

Because reading is so important for children’s development into adults, it’s really important that children read daily. It could be them reading by themselves, when they are able. Or reading with teachers in a classroom. Or reading with the family at home.

We hope this inspiring collection of quotes will help inspire kids to read more. Enjoy!

 Reading Quotes for Kids

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

2. “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

3. “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

4. “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

5. “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

6. “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.”—Henry Ward Beecher

7. “Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.”—Jesse Lee Bennet

8. “Reading is a passport to countless adventures.”—Mary Pope Osbourne

9. “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

10. “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

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11. “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”—Jacqueline Onasis

12. “Books train your mind to imagination to think big.”—Taylor Swift

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

14. “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

15. “I am a part of everything that I have read.”—Theodore Roosevelt

16.”What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person …”—Carl Sagan

17.” Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”—Arnold Lobel

18. “Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”—Malala Yousafzei

19. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”—Stephen King

20.” Reading is not optional.”—Walter Dean Myers

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

22.”The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.”—Descartes

23. “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”—Ray Bradbury

24. “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”–Lady Montagu

25. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”–Anna Queindlin

26. “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”—Helen Exley

27. “He that loves reading has everything within his reach.”—William Godwin

28. “Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”—Roald Dahl

29. “The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.”—Mark Twain

30. “Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.”—James Russell Lowell

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31. “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

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

33. “Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!”—Betty Smith

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

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

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36. “A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”—Charles Baudelaire

37. “A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket.”—Chinese Proverb

38. “An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.”—Thomas Wharton

39. “I can read in red. I can read in blue. I can read in pickle color too.”—Dr. Seuss

40. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”—Oscar Wilde

41. “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”—Kofi Annan

42. “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”—Garrison Keillor

43. “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”—Vera Nazaran

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

45. “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

46. “I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.”—Wislawa Szymborska

47. “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionaries of fools!”—Napoleon Bonarparte

48. “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”—Mortimer J.Adler

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49. “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

50. “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

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

52. “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.”—William James

53. “Fairy tales in childhood are stepping stones throughout life, leading the way through trouble and trial. The value of fairy tales lies not in a brief literary escape from reality, but in the gift of hope that goodness truly is more powerful than evil and that even the darkest reality can lead to a Happily Ever After. Do not take that gift of hope lightly. It has the power to conquer despair in the midst of sorrow, to light the darkness in the valleys of life, to whisper “One more time” in the face of failure. Hope is what gives life to dreams, making the fairy tale the reality.”—L.R. Knost

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


Reading is really important, especially for children. It helps their brains develop, it helps them learn language and speech development.

A book can take you anywhere your mind wants to go. We hope these quotes inspire you to read a book today!

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