I’m an inveterate collector of quotes about reading. Last September I blogged about some of my favourites. Here are a few of the others in my hoard. I especially love the first one. Emily Buchwald is a paediatrician, clearly a very wise one. The quote by Alberto Manguel comes from his wonderful book A History of Reading. For anyone unfamiliar with the name Katherine Paterson, she is the author of Bridge to Terebithia, a profoundly moving children’s book. The photo is of one of the bronze plaques on Library Way in New York.
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. Emilie Buchwald
At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book – that string of confused, alien ciphers – shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Alberto Manguel
I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become. Ursula K Le Guin
It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations – something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. Katherine Paterson
You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books are the greatest weapons. Doctor Who
Get yourself down the library and read a book. Alex Ferguson