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Kids Books Quotes


"Kids books Grownup books That's just marketing. Books are books," - Maurice Sendak

"Books don't harm kids; they arm them." - Mem Fox

"My books are just pure escapism for kids." - Dav Pilkey

"My kids' books all have a darkness to them." - David Small

"I don't think any of my kids' books talk down to kids." - Roz Chast

"Kids think books are cool, especially when they see that people they think books are cool are reading." - Tyler Hilton

"I write books to change the world. Perhaps I can only change one little piece of that world. But if I can empower teachers and good citizens to give these children, who are the poorest of the poor, the same opportunity we give our own kids, then I'll feel my life has been worth it." - Jonathan Kozol

"Ten years from now I plan to be sitting here, looking out over my land. I hope I'll be writing books, but if not, I'll be on my pond fishing with my kids. I feel like the luckiest guy I know." - John Grisham

"If we expose kids to books and art, nothing but good can come from it." - Kevin Henkes

"I have an obsession with books about kids with Asperger's syndrome." - Donald Glover

"Books that kids read should be about what is going on in the world." - Michael Morpurgo

"I think kids will read more good books than we can possibly produce." - Rick Riordan

"I've raised three kids. I'm a lawyer. I've written books on the Constitution." - Caroline Kennedy

"My post-child period resulted in one instant change: I write shorter books for kids." - Berkeley Breathed

"There's no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books." - James Patterson

"Kids don't hesitate to ask questions. And it's a great honor to have the kids say, Your books have made me trust you." - Madeleine L'Engle

"If you don't remember childhood and you idealize it, you can't write books for kids because they're not real. Kids pick that up." - Robert Munsch

"I understand why parents worry about books - they're worried about their kids. They want to keep their kids safe. But parents aren't always realistic." - Lauren Myracle

"These are books that want to be read out loud. These are books kids share with each other, and I think that's important." - Brian P Cleary

"I've nothing against kids reading anything they please, but I do have a problem with pink books for girls and black books for boys." - Joanne Harris

"Kids love to be silly, they love to laugh, so I think it was natural for my kids to like the sort of books that I write - and it's the only kinds of books I'm capable of writing." - Michael Ian Black

"I wanted to write honest books for kids because I didn't have those when I was a kid." - Judy Blume

"I believe that kids as well as adults are entitled to books of no socially redeeming value." - R L Stine

"That is the greatest gift my books have given me; what it means and has done for the kids." - Jean Craighead George

"No one thinks that young adults read hooks for YOUNG ADULTS, books for young adults are read by kids." - Terry Pratchett

"I am inspired by positive people who have overcome difficult obstacles, motivational/spiritual books, nature, and my kids." - Andrea Navedo

"I love book signings: kids waiting in line for you to scribble on their new books, haha!" - Brian Jacques

"I find that the history books that we teach our kids with are not fully truthful, in my opinion." - Jesse Ventura

"What kids are exposed to on television is more frightening and horrifying than what they see in my books." - Chris Van Allsburg

"Kids don't even read comic books anymore. They've got more important things to do - like video games." - Ang Lee

"Jeff Kinney's 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series and Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' books got 49,323,701 kids reading." - Jon Scieszka

"To come out and meet kids who have my books in their hands is kind of amazing." - Jeff Kinney

"I write books for all age groups - young kids, teenagers and adults - because I get a range of different ideas." - Catherine Jinks

"It's our job - as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles - to find books our kids are going to like." - James Patterson

"Books succeed; and lives fail." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Books wind into the heart." - William Hazlitt

"I have been very interested in the number of kids who have read the Sherlock Holmes books after reading the Mary Russell books. That's great. That's more or less how I rediscovered the Holmes books." - Laurie R King

"We give scholarships to high school kids and a new library of books to every preschool child in the county where I was born. I didn't have books at home so I did all my reading at school. I love books and I believe that helping kids to read gives them a great start in life." - Dolly Parton

"What I think of sometimes, as I read the new books - do kids really need to see such a seamy side of life? I'm in the minority, such an old woman, perhaps. I love the books that have given kids joy, that give them hope at the end. Sometimes it seems to me the books right now are very depressive." - Patricia Reilly Giff

"With my adult books, for the first six weeks or so, it's about 60 percent ebooks in terms of sales. The kids' books, it's like 5 percent. Which means that the parents, the ones that aren't going into stores now, they're no longer buying books for their kids, which is not great." - James Patterson

"Kids don't lack capacity, only teachers." - Jim Rohn

"I was reluctant to talk about my kids on the blog. I kept telling myself, "People aren't coming here for stories about your kids. They want to hear about the upcoming books, writing advice, conventions..."" - Patrick Rothfuss

"What do I tell the kids? What I would tell your kids, I'm a black man in America who went to Yale, who has written books, who served a president and now..." - Mary Matalin

"Reading a story should be a fabulous, wonderful thing. The most important thing that parents can do for kids is to read with them and to let their kids see them reading books for their own pleasure." - Kate Dicamillo

"I got beat up by the comic-book kids when I was younger! They were cooler than me. Talk about levels of geekdom, I was a couple rungs below the kids who read comic books. Yeah. Not so cool, man." - James Badge Dale

"I really enjoy making sure the kids get a healthy dinner, a good bath and several books... I really like to try and end the day with some quality time with my kids. If not, I feel guilty." - Norah Odonnell

"I really enjoy making sure the kids get a healthy dinner, a good bath and several books... I really like to try and end the day with some quality time with my kids. If not, I feel guilty." - Norah O'Donnell

"Avoid demonizing television, computer games, and new technologies. Electronic media may compete for kids' attention, but we're not going to get kids reading by badmouthing other entertainment. Admit that TV and games can do things books can't." - Jon Scieszka

"Kids can sniff out when they are being preached to, and they don't like it. So while my books aren't amoral, they are not infused with morals or a message, either, and kids like that." - Jeff Kinney

"Censors never go after books unless kids already like them. I don't even think they know to go after books until they know that children are interested in reading this book, therefore there must be something in it that's wrong." - Judy Blume

"Censors never go after books unless kids already like them. I do' even think they know to go after books until they know that children are interested in reading this book, therefore there must be something in it that's wrong." - Judy Blume

"We need a whole bunch of books about people of color, kids on the spectrum, etc. It's strange that we have a population of school children that is majority nonwhite but their books are majority white." - Kekla Magoon

"In advertisements for your favorite products, are women denigrated or objectified in some way? All of that is important. I would rewrite my kids' books, I would write it in the books for the babysitter!" - Geena Davis

"I think I would have written more books if I'd had fewer kids or had them earlier, but I think the books in general would have had a little less spark to them." - Clyde Edgerton

"I feel lucky that my career so far has included books for adults and books for kids. They're equally important to me, and I hope I get to continue writing both." - Greg Van Eekhout

"Kids and adults have a difference of opinion when it comes to what constitutes legitimate reading. Adults often push books that they loved as children, which, ironically, were often books that their parents weren't particularly keen on." - Jeff Kinney

"This is what I believe is most important: getting good books into the hands of kids - books that will make them want to say, 'Wow, that was great. Give me another one to read.'" - James Patterson

"I liked baseball and sports and Garbage Pail Kids and comic books. I know what its like to really adore something." - Todd Lowe

"Books are easy to find and easy to buy. A paperback these days only costs six or seven dollars. You can borrow that from your kids!" - Jim Rohn

"I've never really thought in terms of taboos. I think that books can really help parents and kids talk together about difficult subjects. I've always felt that way." - Judy Blume

"It's the best - combining the mediums of television, documentary, and books, to give you this transmedia experience for kids, for families, and for teachers." - Jeff Corwin

"My best ideas come to me at unexpected moments, like when I'm reading children's books to my kids (the pictures inspire me), shopping, driving somewhere, seeing different things." - Mary Engelbreit

"I feel like I own all the kids in the world because, since I've never grown up myself, all my books are automatically for children." - Ray Bradbury

"Dark books do appeal to kids because they have nice, sheltered lives - and they also appeal to children who are going through pretty hard times themselves." - Melissa De La Cruz

"I hate the idea of sheltering kids from challenging books. It's just another form of conservative fear that promotes ignorance more than anything else." - Adam Rapp

"I haven't been very enthusiastic about the commercialization of children's literature. Kids should borrow books from the library and not necessarily be buying them." - Beverly Cleary

"For 10 or 11 years, I had my kids, I wrote four or five books, and I was working all the damn time." - Anne Enright

"It seems to me that not only the writing in most children's books condescends to kids, but so does the art. I don't want to do that." - Chris Van Allsburg

"I liked baseball and sports and Garbage Pail Kids and comic books. I know what it's like to really adore something." - Todd Lowe

"I resisted children's writing for a long time. I saw myself as a writer of literary fiction. But I had so much more fun writing kids' books." - Ellen Potter

"I do like to work. I have my kids' books that I do, I have movies that I do, and I model." - Julianne Moore

"The best way to get kids reading more is to give them books that they'll gobble up - and that will make them ask for another." - James Patterson

"I like to buy books for the kids in my family. I guess that's why they call me the 'mean' aunt." - Dana Spiotta

"I want children to be glued to interactive books that encourage singing and dancing. I feel when kids work together it brings about a different energy." - Lisa Loeb

"People in their forties, fifties, and onward enjoy the whole world of books in a different way than the Internet-age kids do." - Oscar Hijuelos

"To see what books were available for my older students, I made many trips to the library. If a book looked interesting, I checked it out. I once went home with 30 books! It was then that I realized that kids' novels had the shape of real books, and I began to get ideas for young adult novels and juvenile books." - Cynthia Voigt

"Read much, but not too many books." - Benjamin Franklin

"Books worth reading are worth re-reading." - Holbrook Jackson

"My only books were women's looks." - Natalie Clifford Barney

"Books will speak plain when counsellors blanch." - Francis Bacon

"I have prevented my kids from watching MTV at home. It's not safe for kids." - Tom Freston

"I try to craft books that are fun, that are sort of subversively educational so kids learn but they don't really feel like they're being lectured to, and I want kids to always finish one of my books and think, "That was great, where's the next one?"" - Rick Riordan

"It's great that there are so many different kinds of books for kids and adults to choose from. I think an eclectic reader is the best kind of reader to be, which would be why I was always so satisfied to hear that kids read the Baby-Sitters Club books and then went on and discovered other authors and other genres." - Ann M. Martin

"If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you." - Natalie Goldberg

"When we wrote that scene about the Sleepy Kittens where he's reading the storybook to the kids, it's like we've had to read these stupid books to our kids, and we all want to just tell our kids, "This is really bad. Don't you know that? Can't you see that?"" - Cinco Paul

"I never thought I was writing for kids at all. It really shocked and unsettled me to hear kids were buying the books. If I'd known I was writing for kids, I might actually have spelt things out a bit more, and that would probably have killed the appeal." - Jeff Kinney

"It used to take me forever to read and comprehend stuff, so I decided not to make the Captain Underpants books too challenging. Dont get me wrong - the humor and ideas are often sophisticated - but the books arent hard to read. I wanted kids who hate reading to find these books irresistible." - Dav Pilkey

"We have a generation of kids who may never see a bookshelf or never see books in houses. What are they going to think about books? How will books become meaningful in their lives except as yet another form of digitalized content? A book is not just digitalized content." - Jeanette Winterson

"Lots of kids, including my son, have trouble making the leap from reading words or a few sentences in picture books to chapter books. Chapters are often long... 10 pages can seem like a lifetime to a young reader. Then reading becomes laborious and serious. That's why some of the chapters in my books are very short." - Rhea Perlman

"It used to take me forever to read and comprehend stuff, so I decided not to make the 'Captain Underpants' books too challenging. Don't get me wrong - the humor and ideas are often sophisticated - but the books aren't hard to read. I wanted kids who hate reading to find these books irresistible." - Dav Pilkey

"My advice is this. For Christ's sake, don't write a book that is suitable for a kid of 12 years old, because the kids who read who are 12 years old are reading books for adults. I read all of the James Bond books when I was about 11, which was approximately the right time to read James Bond books." - Terry Pratchett

"The early readers are in-between books for the kids who aren't ready for novels yet but are done with my picture books. It's really rewarding to think that they can grow up reading my books at all the different levels." - Grace Lin

"Kids not only need to read a lot but they need lots of books they can read right at their fingertips.They also need access to books that entice them, attract them to reading. Schools...can make it easy and unrisky for children to take books home for the evening or weekend by worrying less about losing books to children and more about losing children to illiteracy." - Richard Allington

"I think that actually the rhythmic nature of picture books and of young reader story books is a way to help kids fall in love with language and what you can do with it and how it sounds in your range. It sort of has a musicality but on the other hand they get the story and the ideas and the context of it. I think it's a way to get kids into it and I also think that when kids are around people who love books it rubs off on them." - Josh Prince

"Love is giving your kids your undivided attention and time" - Kevin Heath

"Kids on the Youtube, learning how to be cool." - Toby Keith

"I told my kids, "Someday, you'll have kids of your own." One of them said, "So will you."" - Rodney Dangerfield

"When kids don't learn about their own heritage in school, they just don't care about school... But you won't see it in the history books unless we get the power to write our own history and tell our story ourselves." - Miles Davis

"The most important thing whenever we're connecting kids to books, is that we try to match the book to the kid and make sure that reading is a fun, rewarding experience outside the classroom." - Rick Riordan

"The censors don't bother with fantasy books, especially old ones. They can't understand them. They think it's all kids' stuff. They'd die if they knew what The Chronicles of Narnia were really about." - G. Willow Wilson

"Keep reading books, stay in school. I encourage kids to read as much as they can, I challenge you to read a book every two weeks, like I try to." - Alex Rodriguez

"I think my books talk about kids learning to like and respect themselves and each other. You can't write a message book; you just tell the best story you know how to tell" - Paula Danziger

"Everywhere I go, kids walk around not with books under their arms, but with radios up against their heads. Children can't read or write, but they can memorize whole albums." - Jesse Jackson

"Why are people so afraid of giving their kids necessary information that might prevent an unwanted pregnancy or disease? But they're not worried about the violent nature of video games or movies or books..." - Ellen Hopkins

"Of all the unexpected things in contemporary literature, this is among the oddest: that kids have an inordinate appetite for very long, very tricky, very strange books about places that don't exist." - Adam Gopnik

"Books lined the shelves of bookstores like kids standing in a row to play baseball or soccer, and mine was the gangly, unathletic kid that no one wanted on their team." - Yann Martel

"Of all the unexpected things in contemporary literature, this is among the oddest: that kids have an inordinate appetite for very long, very tricky, very strange books about places that do' exist." - Adam Gopnik

"Even though I have this solid career in picture books, I've not only been thinking about kids - because I don't think that much about children; I'm not a child educator; I'm just a former child." - David Small

"Having a sense of fun in books is a huge, huge deal, because a lot of times kids - even me when I got to third or fourth grade - don't associate reading with fun." - Dav Pilkey

"I remember when I was working on All Alone in the Universe, and Robin Roy was my editor. When I first sent it to her, she said kids this age don't want pictures in their books." - Lynne Rae Perkins

"When I'm not writing or working on books as a publisher, I'm doing things that make me happy. One is skiing with my kids and husband. I love sports." - Andrea Davis Pinkney

"I'm also very hopeful to continue my literary journey into the realm of children's books. To be able to read my kids a children's book that was inspired by them would be everything!" - Trista Sutter

"And books are such an empowering way to give voice to some of these kids who aren't yet ready to tell their story. Or don't know what their story is, or are trying to figure it out." - Lauren Myracle

"You know, this technology that we have, and the Internet and Twitter and Facebook - I get so many of those emails that talk about hard times that kids have gone through, how books have helped them, but also happy times." - Lauren Myracle

"I love being a part of storytelling, so whether I'm getting to do that on Survivor, or do it through kids' adventure books, or directing a movie, it's all sort of the same: Once Upon a Time..." - Jeff Probst

"I get my ideas for books from my own kids and sometimes from other children. Often when I am telling stories I will say: I am going to make up a new story." - Robert Munsch

"What would make me happiest is if kids read these books [ Bink & Gollie] and think: there is so much to love in the world; and words are so much fun." - Kate Dicamillo

"I watch some kids ask the cafeteria ladies to sign their books. What do they write: "Hope your chicken patties never bleed?" Or, maybe, "May your Jell-O always wiggle?" - Laurie Halse Anderson

"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

"I think my books talk about kids learning to like and respect themselves and each other. You can't write a message book; you just tell the best story you know how to tell." - Paula Danziger

"Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it's stupid. Banning books shows you don't trust your kids to think and you don't trust yourself to be able to talk to them." - Anna Quindlen

"All of my books are based in some way on my personal experiences, or the experiences of members of my family, or the stories kids would tell me in school." - Patricia Reilly Giff

"I know that when I was a children's librarian, that was about 1940, boys particularly asked where were the books about kids like us, and there weren't any at that time." - Beverly Cleary

"I've conducted an experiment on my kids. Instead of denying them access to media, I've encouraged it. They read comic books, play Nintendo and watch way too much TV." - Matt Groening

"I am a big defender of 'Harry Potter,' and I think any book that gets kids to read are books that we should cherish, we should be thankful for them." - Judy Blume

"I don't like the idea of a book being a test or being used for a test. The way - in my opinion - to make good readers is to let kids choose their own books and not test them." - Avi

"These 'mistakes' occur in my books for a reason. I have an agenda: I'm secretly trying to inspire kids to create their own stories and comics, and I don't want them to feel stifled by 'perfectionism.'" - Dav Pilkey

"I'm a severe graphic novels junkie. People ask me about it, and I say I like the graphic novels. Comic books are for kids, and graphic novels are for adults. But you can't really separate the two." - Dave Pirner

"I get letters from college kids who have read Percy Jackson when they were younger who tell me, 'I just passed my Classics exam.' The books are accurate enough that they can serve as a gateway to Homer and Virgil." - Rick Riordan

"A friend suggested that I get a job at a children's book store so I could meet kids and read books, and that turned out to be the single best bit of advice I've ever gotten." - Brian Selznick

"I'm around my kids every day. I'm regular. We're a regular family. My wife cooks, she washes clothes, I read books, I pump my own gas, I get my own hair cut." - Tracy Morgan

"I think it's difficult for young people to acknowledge being smart, to knowledge being a reader. I see kids who are embarrassed to read books. They're embarrassed to have people see them doing it." - Walter Dean Myers

"Kids say the No. 1 reason they don't read more is that they can't find books they like. Freedom of choice is a key to getting them motivated and excited." - James Patterson

"Schools and parents can team up to find books that kids will really get excited about - that will make them say, 'That was a great experience. Now I know why people get excited about reading.'" - James Patterson

"I write about all the horrible things that can happen to kids as a way of keeping those things from happening to mine. Write the books, spit three times over your shoulder and you're safe." - Jodi Picoult

"It's wonderful being an author and having so many kids enjoying my books. That's always been my dream job, and I feel very lucky to be able to do it." - Rick Riordan

"It's hard recommending books for kids, and a huge responsibility. If you get it wrong, they don't tell you they hate that particular book, they tell you they hate reading." - Meg Rosoff

"I write books that seem more suitable for children, and that's OK with me. They are a better audience and tougher critics. Kids tell you what they think, not what they think they should think." - Maurice Sendak

"I have read only the first 'Harry Potter' book. I thought it excellent, perhaps the best thing written for older children since The Hobbit. I wish the books had been around when my kids were the right age for them." - Gene Wolfe

"I love 'Harry Potter.' I love those books. That started because I lived with a woman who had kids who were, like, 10 and 7 when they moved in with me." - Steve Earle

"Kids are no longer interested in reading comic books; they've got television and the electronic games that they can bury themselves in like ostriches. They don't have to pay attention to what's going on in the world around them." - Al Feldstein

"I never thought I'd be a writer. I never thought I'd be able to read a book, let alone write one. So if books like this inspire kids to write, or even read a whole book, I think it's good." - Don Novello

"Name the book that made the biggest impression on you. I bet you read it before you hit puberty. In the time I've got left, I intend to write artistic books - for kids - because they're still open to new ideas." - Gary Paulsen

"I feel very privileged to have reached so many kids because a life without stories, without the power of books, would be a very grey world, it's good to add colour." - Anthony Horowitz

"I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter books, but I'd love to do one where one of the kids dies, or one of the main characters dies. I love for those things to have a little bit more tragedy." - Guillermo Del Toro

"I would make up [Theodor] Seuss-like books at night when I was cleaning up from the dinner, you know, putting these little kids to bed, reading them rhyming books. And so that's what I started doing. They were really bad. I have some in a box and it says on the box, it's a note to my kids you know, when I die, if you ever publish these I will come back and haunt you." - Judy Blume

"Think about reading: Today, parents would love it if their kids read books more because the parents understand the books. Just over 100 years ago, parents were upset because their kids were reading dime-store novels. Parents would say, "I don't want you inside reading anymore. Get outside and play." I guarantee you, in 50 years or so, parents are going to say, "You're not going outside to play until you finish that video game."" - Paul Saffo

"The idea for Maximum Ride come from the earlier books of mine called When the Wind Blows and The Lake House, which also feature a character named Max who escapes from a quiet despicable school. Most of the similarities end there. Max and the other kids in Maximum Ride are not the same Max and kids featured in those two books. nor do Frannie and Kit play any part in Maximum Ride. I hope you enjoy the ride anyways." - James Patterson

"Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"Books are never finished, They are merely abandoned." - Oscar Wilde



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