A little light relief and some inspiring quotes this week. There are two things we do in every issue of Storytime magazine: we feature an extract from a brilliant children’s book and we run a competition to win copies of that very same book. To enter, all you have to do is tell us which featured story the quote on our magazine spine comes from.
We’ve had good feedback on this from parents and teachers – kids seem to revel in recognising the quote from the stories in our mag. But sometimes, we can’t fit the quotes we love on the spine or even in the extract, so here are nine special and inspiring quotes from classic books we’ve featured about reading, writing and stories – all the stuff we love. Enjoy!
1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”
2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
“Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal.”
3. The Wind in the Willows
“Presently the tactful Mole slipped away and returned with a pencil and a few half-sheets of paper, which he placed on the table at his friend’s elbow.
“It’s quite a long time since you did any poetry,” he remarked. “You might have a try at it this evening, instead of – well, brooding over things so much. I’ve an idea that you’ll feel a lot better when you’ve got something jotted down…””
4. Five Children and It
“It is useless to tell a story unless you do tell it properly.”
“Today at school I will learn to read at once; then tomorrow I will begin to write, and the day after tomorrow to figure. Then, with my acquirements, I will earn a great deal of money…”
6. The Secret Garden
“They had looked at the splendid books and pictures and sometimes Mary had read things to Colin, and sometimes he had read a little to her. When he was amused and interested she thought he scarcely looked like an invalid at all…”
7. Peter Pan
“You see, I don’t know any stories. None of the lost boys knows any stories.”
“How perfectly awful,” Wendy said.
“Do you know,” Peter asked “why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories. O Wendy, your mother was telling you such a lovely story.”
8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
C.S. Lewis’s dedication to his goddaughter, Lucy, at the beginning of the book. We were lucky enough to feature an extract and original artwork by Pauline Baynes in Storytime, Issue 13). By the way, we are all old enough to read fairy tales.
9. The Water-Babies
Finally, a fine sentiment from Charles Kingsley for fairy believers everywhere from Storytime, Issue 19, imagined beautifully by Adolfo Serra.
Hope you’ve found some motivation for reading or writing with your kids in these inspiring quotes. Do you have any favourite reading-related inspiring quotes? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. And don’t forget to keep checking our spines and entering our competitions – we have brilliant books for the taking!
See you soon!