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Quotes About Children S Literature

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J.M. Barrie
“Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

[Kung Fu Monkey -- Ephemera, blog post, March 19, 2009]”
John Rogers

J.M. Barrie
“She asked where he lived.

Second to the right,' said Peter, 'and then straight on till morning.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Roald Dahl
“I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phony.”
Roald Dahl, Danny the Champion of the World

Margaret Wise Brown
“In this modern world where activity is stressed almost to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked. Yet a child's need for quietness is the same today as it has always been--it may even be greater--for quietness is an essential part of all awareness. In quiet times and sleepy times a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own.”
Margaret Wise Brown

“One of my rules is never to look sideways at what other people are doing but instead, do what I feel is right.”
Annie Bryant, Worst Enemies/Best Friends

Margaret Wise Brown
“In the great green room, there was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of a cat jumping over the moon...”
Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon

J.K. Rowling
“As Hagrid had said, what would come would come and he would have to meet it when it did.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Andrea Koehle Jones
“I'm planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.”
Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees

Jeanne DuPrau
“People didn't make life, so they can't destroy it. Even if we were to wipe out every bit of life in the world, we can't touch the place life comes from. Whatever made the plants and animals and people spring up in the first place will always be there, and life will spring up again.”
Jeanne DuPrau, The People of Sparks

Eleanor H. Porter
“Oh, yes," nodded Pollyanna, emphatically. He [her father] said he felt better right away, that first day he thought to count 'em. He said if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times [in the Bible] to be glad and rejoice, He must want us to do it - SOME.”
Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna

J.M. Barrie
“It was not really Saturday night, at least it may have been, for they had long lost count of the days; but always if they wanted to do anything special they said this was Saturday night, and then they did it.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Russell Hoban
“There is a tiger in my room,' said Frances.
'Did he bite you?' said Father.
'No,' said Frances.
'Did he scratch you?' said Mother.
'No,' said Frances.
'Then he is a friendly tiger,' said Father. 'He will not hurt you. Go back to sleep.”
Russell Hoban, Bedtime for Frances

Mignon McLaughlin
“Only where children gather
is there any real chance of fun.”
Mignon McLaughlin

Margaret Wise Brown
“I don't think I'm essentially interested in children's books. I'm interested in writing, and in pictures. I'm interested in people and in children because they are people.”
Margaret Wise Brown

Terri Windling
“Once upon a time, they say, there was a girl...there was a boy...there was a person who was in trouble. And this is what she did...and what he did...and how they learned to survive it. This is what they did...and why one failed...and why another triumphed in the end. And I know that it's true, because I danced at their wedding and drank their very best wine.”
Terri Windling

Benny Bellamacina
“Be generous with your smile and try not to frown.
And you will see my children; your smile will never let you down ☺”
Benny Bellamacina, The King of Rhyme

Katherine Paterson
“...those of us who write for children are called, not to do something to a child, but be someone for a child.”
Katherine Paterson

Ethel Turner
“None of the seven is really good, for the excellent reason that Australian children never are.”
Ethel Turner, Seven Little Australians

Sonya Hartnett
“More than this, I believe that the only lastingly important form of writing is writing for children. It is writing that is carried in the reader's heart for a lifetime; it is writing that speaks to the future.”
Sonya Hartnett

Lauren Baratz-Logsted
“I love letters from little kids. Adults never proclaim themselves 'your #1 fan!”
Lauren Baratz-Logsted

E.L. Konigsburg
“I am a passenger on the spaceship Earth.”
E.L. Konigsburg

Alison Lurie
“The great subversive works of children's literature suggest that there are other views of human life besides those of the shopping mall and the corporation. They mock current assumptions and express the imaginative, unconventional, noncommercial view of the world in its simplest and purest form. They appeal to the imaginative, questioning, rebellious child within all of us, renew our instinctive energy, and act as a force for change. This is why such literature is worthy of our attention and will endure long after more conventional tales have been forgotten.”
Alison Lurie, Don't Tell the Grown-Ups: The Subversive Power of Children's Literature

Lewis Carroll
“Come, my child," I said, trying to lead her away. "Wish good-bye to the poor hare, and come and look for blackberries."

"Good-bye, poor hare!" Sylvie obediently repeated, looking over her shoulder at it as we turned away. And then, all in a moment, her self-command gave way. Pulling her hand out of mine, she ran back to where the dead hare was lying, and flung herself down at its side in such an agony of grief as I could hardly have believed possible in so young a child.

"Oh, my darling, my darling!" she moaned, over and over again. "And God meant your life to be so beautiful!”
Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno

Janaki Sooriyarachchi
“Only sweet people with good virtues can go to fairyland. Those who treat others meanly and without respect can never go there.”
Janaki Sooriyarachchi, Emirosy

“Generally speaking, all true children's stories make promises to their readers. Here you are, they say, unhandy and short, and there is a big world that one day will be yours. Listen to how it happened for Cinderella once upon a time, and Jack with his beanstalk, and Aladdin with his lamp.”
John Goldthwaite

L.M. Montgomery
“That is one good thing about this world... there is always sure to be more springs”
L.M. Montgomery

John Steinbeck
“A wife is like a children's movie; always under-appreciated and without either, life would be incomplete”
John Steinbeck

Roald Dahl
“¿Os dais cuenta cabal de la cadena de crímenes tramados por la nena? Crimen número uno: la acusada comete allanamiento de morada. Crimen número dos: el personaje se queda con tres platos de potaje. Crimen número tres: la muy cochina destroza una sillita isabelina. Crimen número cuatro: va la dama y se limpia los zapatos en la cama... Un juez no dudaría ni un instante: «¡Diez años de presidio a esa tunante!». Pero en la historia, tal como se cuenta, la miserable escapa tan contenta mientras los niños gritan, encantados: «¡Qué bien; Ricitos de oro se ha salvado!».”
Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhymes

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