Books can give so much, in so many ways, and I love reading about that. It’s so affirming, and just speaks to the book lover in me, as well as the writer. I love reading quotes about reading and books–especially quotes from children’s and YA writers. So I’ve pulled together a few quotes from some children’s and YA authors on both what they get out of reading, and how to help children and teens read (or how not to put them off reading).
“Why do I read?
I just can’t help myself.
I read to learn and to grow, to laugh and to be motivated.
I read to understand things I’ve never been exposed to.
I read when I’m crabby, when I’ve just said monumentally dumb things to the people I love.
I read for strength to help me when I feel broken, discouraged, and afraid.
I read when I’m angry at the whole world.
I read when everything is going right.
I read to find hope.
Reading isn’t passive — I enter the story with the characters, breathe their air, feel their frustrations, scream at them to stop when they’re about to do something stupid, cry with them, laugh with them.
Reading for me, is spending time with a friend.
A book is a friend.
You can never have too many.
–From Shelf Life: Stories by the Book, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
“I always loved stories that could carry me away from day to day life. I’m not saying I had a hard or sad life–because I didn’t–but I loved how words could transport me to a different time, a different place. Stories could even make me feel as though I was a different person. It was like magic.”
–Vivian Vande Velde
“Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.”
– Beverly Cleary
“The best thing I know to tell parents and teachers about motivating young readers is that reading should not be presented to them as a chore, a duty. It should, instead, be offered as a gift: Look, I will help you unwrap this miraculous present. I will show you how to use it for your own satisfaction and education and deep, intense pleasure. It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. I think the best way for children to treasure reading is for them to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.”
– Kate DiCamillo
“Parents have to bring the book to the child, so when the children go to school they’re familiar with them. They need to read with the child at least 20 minutes a day. It gives the parents a little island of privacy and love. With the proper encouragement the child will become a reader, and learning to love books and stories will be something important for the rest of their lives.”
“Parents risk putting children off reading by dragging them around bookstores and force-feeding them literary classics. … We…forget the inestimable value of spending 15 minutes a day reading with our child. There is no better way to get to know your child than to share their books with them.”
– Anthony Horowitz