50 Motivational Reading Quotes for Children to Inspire Them to Read

50 Reading Quotes for Kids to Inculcate This Habit in Them

Reading is one of the most important skills that help people build their personalities. The importance of reading to your child cannot be understated as the sooner they learn to read, the faster they are able to grasp ideas and concepts and excel at both academics and social life. Although you may have a bedtime reading routine set for your child, there will be long tiring days you would be tempted to let go for the night, that’s when a quote about reading to your child can lift your spirits up to continue.

50 Inspirational Reading Quotes For Kids

Here are some reading quotes for children by accomplished people to inspire you and your kids to read:

  1. “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”  – C.S. Lewis.
  2. “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.
  3. “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 Bennett.
  4. “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.
  5. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx.
  6. “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.
  7. “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.
  8. “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.
  9. “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.
  10. “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman.
  11. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss.
  12. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney
  13. “The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read” – Mary McCleod Bethune.
  14. “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.
  15. “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” – Marcel Proust.
  16. “Expand the definition of ‘reading’ to include non-fiction, humor, graphic novels, magazines, action, adventure, and, yes, even websites. It’s the pleasure of reading that counts; the focus will naturally broaden. A boy won’t read shark books forever.” –Jon Scieszka.
  17. “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.
  18. “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw.
  19. “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” – Kate DiCamillo.
  20. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin.
  21. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket.
  22. “There’s something good in every book, but sometimes you just have to look for it.” –Anonymous.
  23. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis.
  24. “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” -Cornelia Funk.
  25. “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn.
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  26. “The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” -Mark Twain.
  27. “‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.” – Mark Twain.
  28. “It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little.” -Dennis Parsons Burkitt.
  29. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury.
  30. “When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.” – Christopher Morley.
  31. “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz.
  32. “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” -Paul Sweeney.
  33. “Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” – Lena Dunham.
  34. “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled, ‘This could change your life.’” -Helen Exley.
  35. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.” – Descartes.
  36. “I was reading a book…’history of glue’…I couldn’t put it down.” -Tim Vine.
  37. “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.
  38. “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” -Toni Morrison.
  39. “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.
  40. “Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. -Hazel Rochman.
  41. “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” – Diane Duane.
  42. “A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”- Robertson Davies.
  43. “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” – Orhan Pamuk.
  44. “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley.
  45. “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” – Logan Pearsall Smith.
  46. “I cannot remember the books I have read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  47. “People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.” – Saul Bellow.
  48. “The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”-James Bryce.
  49. “A good book is an event in my life.” – Stendhal.
  50. One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Every quote mentioned above conveys the importance of reading as an essential and a life-altering habit. Whether it is witty short reading quotes or long and deeply insightful ones, the above-mentioned quotes are sure to inspire you and your child to inculcate a reading habit.

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Gauri Ratnam completed her Masters in English Literature from the University of Pune. She began her journey as a German translator soon after completing her graduation, but later moved on to pursue her passion for writing. Having written for both digital and print media in a varied range of industries, she has the ability to write relatable and well-researched content, benefical for anyone seeking advice or direction.