Tag archives: reading quotes

Monday, 9 January 2017

Children’s and young people’s reading – latest research and articles

Time for one of my regular round-ups of reading news. But first a wonderful quote from out-going US President Barack Obama: ‘Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.’

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The Education Endowment Foundation has found that primary school breakfast clubs boost reading, writing and maths. Thank you to Summer Lane Primary School for the photo of one of their very successful family reading breakfasts.

Read On Get On has published an important strategy, aimed at improving literacy through focusing on reading enjoyment.

Booktrust Chief Executive Diana Gerald believes passionately in reading for pleasure and and in an article about its value argues strongly for children reading what they like. Joy Ballard makes a similar case in ‘Let the teens read Mills and Boon!’ Katie Ashford of Michaela School takes a very different view in ‘Easy books aren’t the route to a lifelong love of reading’. Do read the comment stream beneath this controversial piece.

New research shows that there are lots of girls struggling with reading. The big concern is comprehension.

Secondary school teachers, librarians, students and parents will find lots of ideas for inspiring reading an innovative booklist created by the librarians at Elmgreen School.

Teacher Jesse Buetow’s piece on using technology to inspire independent readers explores the value of student-created book ‘commercials’.

A recent study found interesting differences between reading paper books and screen reading with young children.

It’s well worth listening to this Radio 4 piece on children and ebooks, particularly Julia Eccelshare’s input.

To end, another great quote from Obama: ‘Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.’

Monday, 12 December 2016

Children’s and young people’s reading – some inspiring quotes

2016-booksI’m an inveterate collector of quotes about books and reading. Here are some that I’ve recently added to my quotes haul, illustrated with a few of the books for children and young people that have stood out for me in 2016.

If you can’t read, you can’t do anything when you get older — you can’t fill in forms, you can’t do jobs, you can’t run your life. If you can’t read, it’s gonna be your downfall. 10 year-old boy quoted in the Evening Standard

I believe good readers make better engineers, and bakers, and surgeons, and parents and partners and are just a lot happier. Frank Cottrell Boyce

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. Victor Hugo

People would stand in line for days and pay hundreds of dollars if there were a pill that could do everything for a child that reading aloud does ….. Simply put, it’s a free oral vaccine for literacy. Jim Trelease

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore. It should be offered as a precious gift. Kate DiCamillo

Parents should leave books lying around marked ‘forbidden’ if they want their children to read. Doris Lessing

Books allow you to see the world through the eyes of others. Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. Malorie Blackman

Books are human relationship builders. Michael Levine

I love the idea that children’s books can be bridges connecting people, showing them that however different someone else might be, the things which unite us are greater than those which divide us. And that difference can be a source of richness: something to be celebrated, not feared. SF Said

I don’t want to write for adults. I want to write for readers who can perform miracles. Only children perform miracles when they read. Astrid Lindgren

 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Reading endorsement from Claudio Ranieri and other great quotes about reading

LCFCEvery now and then I like to share quotes about reading, and I could not resist doing so again today. The reason – this from Claudio Ranieri, the champion of the hour:

‘I do not have much time for relaxation but when I can, I like to read.’

Wonderful to have such a powerful endorsement of reading from a popular hero. Here are some more:

  • ‘Reading gives you knowledge, it gives you power.’ Andy McNabb
  • ‘We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.’ Henry Miller
  • ‘I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.’ JK Rowling
  • ‘The gadget that will have the biggest impact on literacy is already out there. It’s called a book.’ Anthony Horowitz
  • ‘Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.’ Jeanette Winterson
  • ‘Reading can take you anywhere in space and time if you’re willing to go.’ Juno Dawson
  • ‘If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.’ Haruki Murakami
  • ‘You can never be wise unless you love reading.’ Samuel Johnson

You can find lots other inspiring quotes on reading here.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Great quotes about books and reading in celebration of World Book Day

IMG_2733I gave a course in Dorchester Library last week, and was delighted to see this plaque in pride of place. Today is World Book Day – the perfect time to share some brilliant quotes about books and reading. (There are lots more here.)

  • Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. Nick Hornby
  • Books are the mirrors of the soul. Virginia Woolf
  • You’ll never be alone if you’ve got a book. Al Pacino
  • To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. W. Somerset Maugham
  • Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. Frederick Douglas
  • There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. Walt Disney
  • Reading is a first class ticket to the outer limits of your imagination. Juno Dawson
  • Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance. Neil Gaiman
  • Reading makes the world better. Matt Haig
  • The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. St Augustine
  • What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space. Italo Calvino
  • The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think. Harper Lee
  • I guess that’s the beauty of books. When they finish they don’t really finish. Markus Zusak
  • Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf. Christopher Paolini
  • If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. J K Rowling
  • I read a lot of junk, but that didn’t matter – you have to dig a heap of rocks if you’re looking for gold. Terry Pratchett
  • Wear the old coat and buy the new book. Austin Phelps

Friday, 22 January 2016

Wonderful observations on the power and importance of books and reading

St AugustineIt’s a horrible day so I’ve been cheering myself up with some great reflections on books and reading, appropriately illustrated by this picture, seen in King’s College London. (Check here for lots more inspiring quotes.)

I love this, from The History Boys by Alan Bennett:
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”

This is an extract from The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson:
“It occurred to me that the only reason I was here was because of reading; it was the reason I began to climb. There is something about reading which takes you beyond the constrictions of space and time, frees you from the limitations of social interaction and allows you to escape. Whoever you encounter within the pages of a book, whatever lives you vicariously live with them can affect you deeply – entertain you briefly, change your view of the world, open your eyes to a wholly different concept of living and the value of life. Books can be the immortality that some seek; thoughts and words left for future generations to hear from beyond the grave and awaken a memory of another’s life.”

Here’s Matt Haig:
“Reading isn’t important because it helps get you a job. It’s important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you’re given. Reading makes the world better. It is how humans merge. Empathy. Reading is love in action.”

I’ve quoted this from Kofi Annan before, but it’s worth any number of repetitions:
“Literacy is the bridge from misery to hope.”

Tanya Landman memorably said this when she won last year’s Carnegie Award:
“Someone who reads for pleasure is far less likely to be a bully or a bigot. They are far less likely to cause harm to others because they can imagine how it would feel. They are far less likely to collude with any kind of persecution. Instead, they are far more likely to do something about it.”

This is from philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer:
“Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.”

Finally, James Baldwin:
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”