For The Love Of Books


I love books. Being the daughter of a librarian and bookworm, our house was always full of books growing up.

There’s something so magical about opening a book and becoming immersed in a whole new world. You can travel to places you’ve never been, go on great adventures and meet fascinating characters, all from the comfort of your own home.

As an adult my love of books has continued and although my personal tastes have altered throughout the years, children’s books will always hold a special place in my heart.

At six and eight, my two older children can read independently but it’s still lovely to have that time together when I read to them. We are currently enjoying James and the Giant Peach and I love to hear them ask “can we read a bit more?”

There are so many advantages to encouraging your child to read books. It broadens the mind and helps them see things from another perspective. It can improve their vocabulary and communication skills. And to quote the wonderful Roald Dahl,

“These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

There are so many other wonderful quotes from children’s literature. Quotes that inspire and encourage children to be the best person they can be. We have a few of these quotes in frames around the house, as the authors manage to phrase things far more eloquently than I ever could.

Here’s some of my favourites:

“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.”
Enid Blyton, Mr Galliano’s 

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“A bully can only make you feel bad about yourself if you let them.”
David Walliams, Mr Stink

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
AA Milne, The Pooh Story Book

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
A.A. Milne The Complete Works Of Winnie The Pooh

There are so many more quotes I love but these are my favourite in teaching children positivity, kindness and and friendship.

What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!


  1. “You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

    “You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

    Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    “Who knows, my friend? Maybe the sword does have some magic. Personally, I think it’s the warrior who wields it.”

    ”Redwall by Brian Jacques

    “Sometimes said Pooh the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”

    Pooh by AA Milne

    “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

    Velveteen rabbit by Margery Williams

  2. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” This is my favorite. Whatever happens, at the end of the day, it’s our life. We make our own decisions. It’s our to make. Nobody can decide for us, and these choices we have reflects who we are as a person.

  3. Books truly are amazing. Plus they are so accessible in our day and age. Love all the quotes you put which reminded me of my son 4. We read Charlie and the chocolate factory and grandpa Joe says to Charlie “What she needs Charlie is a good kick in the pants! “ we still laugh about that now 😊

  4. I like the quotes you have chosen and it proves that children’s books are full of wise words. We all know that children are influenced by what they see, listen and read, so this kind of thoughtful books are very important in their development.

  5. Reading this was a real trip down memory lane! I love all of these quotes and they are from all of my favourite childhood authors. Harry Potter is still one of my favourite book(s) and all of them have such brilliant sayings and advice we should all learn from.

  6. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better it’s not” from Dr Seuss is one that we stand by in our family!

  7. Children’s books are amazing! I love quoting them from time to time!! It’s amazing that both children are independent readers! I read with my children everyday and as my eldest has just turned 5 we have started reading longer books with him so a few pages or a chapter a night, currently reading the BFG which isn’t what an remembered it to be as a child since some of it seems pretty outdated and a bit shocking in some parts now!! Haha

  8. I love the harrynpotter quotes! Children’s books teach us more than we give them credit for. I love a quote by Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the goblet of fire ‘if you want to know what a man is really like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals’

    Tasha x

  9. Just reading the quotes alone transported me to a happy place that can only be found by opening a book. I read every chance I get. I have ruined a few meals as I became so indulged in a book that I lost track of time…it was worth it!

  10. I love your selection, especially the Dumbledore/Harry Potter one. One of my favourite quotes is actually from Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”. I really really treasure that quote, and the Harry Potter books in general.

  11. Indeed these are such the perfect quotes. When I have kids I intend to let them be exposed into reading books. This quote is my favorite in the list. ““The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan”

  12. ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’ – so powerful, and such a lovely book! I think literature still give children and adults an experience you simply just can’t get with other types of media.

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