Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Words To and From the Wise: Great Lines from Children's Books

If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.
Mo Willems

Teachers and parents are always searching for ways to encourage our readers to try new material. I recently attended a workshop that suggested posting lines from children's books around the library, hallways and classrooms as a way to "hook" the readers. Here are some favorites from the workshop. Many of these are available for checkout in the RES library. Enjoy!

"There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name." Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

"The more he gave away, the more delighted he became." Marcus Pfister, The Rainbow Fish

"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked chin and stick out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." Roald Dahl, The Twits

"I wished she'd never stop squeezing me. I wished I could spend the rest of my life as a child, being slightly crushed by someone who loved me." Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

"Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast." E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

"One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window."  Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light." J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

"The Lupine Lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea." Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius

And last but not least, in a nod to last week's most popular Little Golden Book....

"Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world." Janette Sebring Lowrey, The Poky Little Puppy

Do you have favorites you would add to the list? Please include them in the comments section below. Happy Reading!


  1. One of my all-time favorites is "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived two little girls in two straight lines." Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline

  2. From an absolute favorite...
    "Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!"
    --Dr. Seuss, Oh,The Places You'll Go!

  3. It's hard to choose just one favorite line! I decided to add my top 2 choices. My first pick is..."Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig. A small one to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly."-E.B.White, Charlotte's Web.
    The other line is:
    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing can get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

    1. I agree, Mrs. Raftelis! My other line is "It is evident that this little boy is a Bad Hat!" Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline and the Bad Hat

  4. "Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
    "well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest." And the boy did. And the tree was happy.”
    ― Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree