10 of My Favorite Quotes About Reading and Writing

Hello, Everyone!

I hope that all of you are well. Today I thought that it would be fun to share some quotes that I love about reading and writing. I hope that they inspire you as much as they inspire me! 🙂

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

                        -George R. R. Martin

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

                        -C.S. Lewis

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

                        -Ernest Hemingway

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” 

                        -Desiderius Erasmus

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally—and often far more—worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

                        -C.S. Lewis

“If a story is in you, it has to come out.”

                        -William Faulkner

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

                        -Edgar Allan Poe

“Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare.”

                        -Guy de Maupassant

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

                        -William Wordsworth

“The world calls them singer and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”

                        -L.M. Montgomery

What is one of your favorite quotes about reading or writing?

5 Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in the Kids in Your Life

I’ve loved reading ever since I was a little girl.

I probably wouldn’t love reading as much if it wasn’t for my parents cultivating this love when I was little. And I am so glad that they did! Books have not just entertained me. They have taught me so many things and taken me to so many faraway places and shown me so many truths. My life is better because I love to read.

If you want to cultivate a love of reading in the kids in your life, here are five ways to do it!

Please keep in mind that some kids just don’t like to read, and that’s okay! These suggestions aren’t given in hopes of forcing kids to love to read but to help kids discover a love for reading.

Make books available.

My parents made books available to my siblings and me in nearly every room of our house. A basket of books in a corner, a bookshelf in the playroom…. Everywhere there were books. And we read them. A lot! 🙂

Go to the library.

I loved when my mom would take me to the library, be it for story time or just to pick up some books. The fun decorations and rows of books about nearly anything and everything made me so excited, as did attending fun library events! Summer reading programs were always fun too.

Read to them.

Reading books with my parents is one of my favorite memories of my childhood. We read books ranging from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones to the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. Reading aloud to a child is special, and to a child, being read to is a comforting and special experience.

Set an example by reading yourself.

Seeing my mom read and enjoy it, as well as seeing my father’s multitude of books, encouraged me to read. If you’re reading this post, I’m guessing that you already set a good example by reading a lot. 🙂

Make Reading Fun!

There are lots of ways to make reading fun for kids. Here are just a few ideas!

  • One summer, my mother created a chart for me to track how much I’d read. A certain number of books would earn me a prize, from a small treat to a trip to Starbucks. You had better believe that I read as many books as possible!
  • Do book-related activities. For example, have a snack of muffins after reading If You Give a Moose a Muffin or make fox puppets out of socks after reading Fox in Socks. You can even do stuff like this with books for older kids! Seed-cakes and tea for The Hobbit, creating and acting out a play for Little Women, planting flowers for The Secret Garden… The possibilities are endless!
  • Talk about the books you read! Starting a conversation about books makes them more real and meaningful. Plus, it can be a lot of fun to talk about books and reading.

Did you love to read as a kid? Do you have any tips to share?