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The 19 Best Children’s Book Quotes

by Devon A. Corneal

Children’s books are a fascinating blend of simplicity and life lessons. They’re like security blankets — all warm and fuzzy on the outside, but deeply symbolic on the inside. They can be funny, touching, deep, dark, poignant, or charming, but in the end, they’re just the books we love. That’s why they so often stay with us well into adulthood.

For me, the best part of a children’s book are the memorable quotes that encapsulate an entire book in a sentence or two. No one will ever agree on the “best” quotes, but I’ve shared some of my favorites below and encourage you to add your own. There’s always room for more!

A.A. Milne

2. “We all can dance,” he said, “if we find the music that we love.”
– Giraffes Can’t Dance, Giles Andreae

3.“Sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

4. “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
–  The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

E.B. White

6. “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

7. “There was only orange juice in the fridge. Nothing else you could put on cereal, unless you think ketchup or mayonnaise or pickle juice would be nice on your Toastios, which I do not, and neither did my little sister, although she has eaten some pretty weird things in her day, like mushrooms in chocolate.”
– Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman

8. “Meet George Beard and Harold Hutchins. George is the kid on the left with the tie and the flat-top. Harold is the one on the right with the T-shirt and the bad haircut. Remember that now.”
– The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey

J.K. Rowling

10. “Reading never wears me out.”
– Olivia, Ian Falconer

11. “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!”
– How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss

12. “Here are three useful things to know about naked mole rats: 1. They are a little bit rat. 2. They are a little bit mole. 3. They are all naked.”
– Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Mo Willems

Lemony Snicket

14. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
–  Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

15. “Believing takes practice.”
– A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

16. “And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to an end; but that was not to be.”
– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

Shel Silverstein

18. “It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.”
– Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst

19. “I am a city child. I live at The Plaza.”
– Eloise, Kay Thompson