85 Inspiring Reading Quotes For Kids To Enjoy

Anusuya Mukherjee
Dec 12, 2023 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Mar 04, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Reading has been one of the greatest joy and pleasure in man's life since time immemorial.

Many people have their favorite genre of books which they like to read. A lot of people also prefer going through articles or blogs instead of paperback books.

Many children have this misconception that reading is boring. For them, it is not as exciting as watching TV or playing video-games. However, reading is important for a child because it can take them to different places and make them laugh or cry. Here are some inspiring reading quotes for kids to motivate them to read more!

For more relatable content, check out other articles on Roald Dahl quotes or Charles Dickens quotes.

Inspirational Quotes For Kids About Books

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Every kid in the world should be motivated to read books as well as watching their TV set or checking their social media. Using the example of 'Treasure Island', Walt Disney compared books to treasure chests. This list has some motivational reading quotes for kids.

1. "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."

- Victor Hugo.

2. "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."

- Margaret Fuller.

3. "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."

- Frederick Douglass.

4. "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him."

- Maya Angelou.

5. "The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page."

- Rachel Anders.

6. "Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have."

- Lloyd Alexander.

7. "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."

- Stephen King.

8. "Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them."

- Neil Gaiman.

9. "When books are opened you discover you have wings."

- Helen Hayes.

10. "I 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.

11. "Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."

- Joseph Addison.

12. "In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them."

- Mark Twain.

13. "Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope."

- Kofi Annan.

14. "A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors."

- Charles Baudelaire.

Quotes About Reading For Kids

A reader is present in all children, but sometimes they might need a nudge . The more we read and learn, the more places we can go to.

Emilie Buchwald said children become readers on the laps of their parents when they learn to read. We have a list of quotes for every young reader which will teach them to appreciate books.

15. "Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift."

- Kate DiCamillo.

16. "Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them."

- Judy Blume.

17. "One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children."

- Carl Sagan.

18. "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.

19. "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."

- Roald Dahl.

20. "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.

21. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go."

- Dr. Seuss, 'I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!'.

22. "Books hold a magical appeal for children that goes far beyond the stories they contain."

- Dr. Marion Blank.

23. "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.

24. "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'.

25. "How do you make your kids read more?

It needs to be presented as a joy and a privilege to get to do it, and the kids should get to see you as a parent reading for your own pleasure. It's not something you send your kids off to do, 'Go into your room and read for 15 minutes or else.' It becomes a task then."

- Kate DiCamillo.

26. "It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading."

- Katherine Patterson.

27. "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 Gillian.

28. "There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. Some kids love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books."

- James Patterson.

29. "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

- Emilie Buchwald.

Quotes About Reading Books

Reading is important for a child as when kids learn to read, they actually gain a friend in their book. They also develop the art of reading and increase their literacy skills.  It also teaches them to be more eloquent and gain more knowledge.

30. "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life."

- Walt Disney.

31. "He that loves reading has everything within his reach."

- William Godwin.

32. "Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage."

- Roald Dahl.

33. "Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent."

- Stephen King.

34. "I feel the need of reading. It is a loss to a man not to have grown up among books."

- Abraham Lincoln.

35. "You are never alone when you are lost in the magic of a book."

- Marie Lu.

36. "Books train your imagination to think big."

- Taylor Swift.

37. "The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

38. "There is no friend as loyal as a book."

- Ernest Hemingway.

39. "What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life."

- Stephen King.

40. "I do not read a book; I hold a conversation with the author."

- Elbert Hubbard.

41. "You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book."

- Dr. Seuss.

42. "Wear the old coat and buy the new book."

- Austin Phelps.

43. "A book is a gift you can open again and again."

- Garrison Keiller.

44. "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

- Groucho Marx.

45. "The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library."

- Albert Einstein.

46. "Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere."

- Mary Schmich.

47. "You really can't teach reading as a science. Love gets mixed up in it."

- Dr. Seuss.

Motivational Reading Quotes For Kids

This list has some inspirational quotes about reading which will motivate each kid to start reading books. As Roald Dahl said, young readers can also take the TV away and in its place, "you can install, a bookshelf on the wall".

Here are some quotes for kids about reading which children can put up on their bulletin board in schools.

48. "It is from books that wise men derive consolation in the troubles of life."

- Victor Hugo.

49. "I'm old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised."

- Wislawa Szymborska.

50. "Reading can take you places you have never been before."

- Dr. Seuss.

51. "Reading for me, is spending time with a friend."

- Gary Paulsen.

52. "If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book."

- J.K. Rowling.

53. "The cool thing about reading is that when you read a short story or you read something that takes your mind and expands where your thoughts can go, that's powerful."

- Taylor Swift.

54. "Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life."

- Stephen King.

55. "A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket."

- Unknown.*

56. "Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart."

- Oprah Winfrey.

57. "Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."

- Mark Twain.

58. "There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all."

- Jacqueline Kennedy.

59. "The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read."

- Mary Mcleod Bethune.

60. "Read. Travel. Read. Ask. Read. Learn. Read. Connect. Read."

- Dr. Seuss.

61. "I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books."

- Jorge Luis Borges.

62. "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

- Groucho Marx.

63. "There is no substitute for books in the life of a child."

- May Ellen Chase.

64. "Reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible."

- Barack Obama.

65. "Book are the quietest of friends."

- Charles W. Eliot.

Best Reading Quotes

Even before a child in the world learns to read, Emilie Buchwald has said that children are made readers on the laps of parents. So, sit back and relax and read.

66. "When a person opens a book, he can never be in prison."

- Victor Hugo.

67. "A book is just like life and anything can change."

- Dr. Seuss.

68. "It is books that are the key to the wide world."

- Jane Hamilton.

69. "The things I want to know are in books."

- Abraham Lincoln.

70. "I think reading one book leads to another book."

- Kate DiCamillo.

71. "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write. Simple as that."

- Stephen King.

72. "An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise."

- Thomas Wharton.

73. "There is no frigate like a book, to take us lands away."

- Emily Dickinson.

74. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

- Joseph Addison.

75. "Reading is an exercise in empathy. An exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while."

- Malorie Blackman.

76. "Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge."

- Alberto Manguel.

77. "I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."

- J.K. Rowling.

78. "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."

- Jorge Luis Borges.

79. "Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’."

- Helen Exley.

80. "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."

- Mark Twain.

81. "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.

82. "I'm not going to make judgments about what people are reading."

- Kate DiCamillo.

83. "Books are a uniquely portable magic."

- Stephen King, 'On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft'.

84. "Books are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."

- Charles W. Eliot.

85. "If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books."

- Roald Dahl.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for reading quotes for kids to enjoy, then why not take a look at Matilda quotes or short 'Harry Potter' quotes.

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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