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
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!