20 Inspirational Reading Quotes to Use in the Classroom
20 inspirational reading quotes to use as a motivational tool or as discussion starters in your classroom on the importance of reading.
Reading Quotes in the Classroom
Here are twenty insightful reading quotes Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Frederick Douglass and more. You can use the reading quotes as inspiration for your students by printing them out and posting them around your classroom. Or why not use them as discussion starters to promote conversations on how reading can develop:
- a greater understanding of the world
- foster imagination
- empathy and tolerance
- seeing the world from other perspectives
- inspiration and courage
After the quotes, there are a few discussion questions to can use with your students to see how or if it relates to themselves and their own reading journey. You can get your own copy of the reading quotes to print out.
Reading Quotes by Dr Seuss, Roald Dahl and Others
1. Dr. Seuss
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
2. Kate DiCamillo
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift. – Kate DiCamillo
3. Malorie Blackman
“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” – Malorie Blackman
4. Neil Gaiman
“A book is a dream you hold in your hands.” – Neil Gaiman
5. Stephen King
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
6. Frederick Douglass
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass
7. Margaret Fuller
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
8. Roald Dahl
“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl
9. Chinese Proverb
“A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket.” – Chinese Proverb
10. Roald Dahl
“If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important.” – Roald Dahl
11. C.S. Lewis
“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis
12. Dr. Seuss
“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” – Dr. Seuss
13. Jorge Luis Borges
“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges
14. Paul Sweeney
“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” – Paul Sweeney
15. Dr. Seuss
“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr. Seuss
16. Matilda, Roald Dahl
“I’m wondering what to read next.” – Matlida, Roald Dahl
17. Mary Pope Osborne
“Reading is a passport to countless adventures.” – Mary Pope Osborne
18. Haruki Murakami
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, You can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami
19. Gail Carson Levine
“There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over.” – Gail Carson Levine
20. J.K Rowling
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K Rowling
Reading Questions Discussion Questions
- What is your favourite reading quote above? Explain why?
- Explain what [this] quote means.
- Do you agree with [this] quote?
- Do any of these quotes make you think differently about reading? Explain.
- How does [this] quote relate to your reading journey?
Think about how you can use these reading quotes in your classroom, maybe
- as writing prompts
- as part of a motivational display
- to inspire art or craft projects
- make a tag cloud to analyse the most common words
- to compare and contrast to explore similarities
What do you think of using quotes in your classroom? How would use these reading quotes to inspire your students?
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