To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
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.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
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.
It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.
So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.
The more you read, the more things you will know.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul.
Love of books is the best of all.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
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.
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.
There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
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