14 children’s book quotes to inspire you this World Book Day

Woman and two children reading by torchlight


‘Books are transformative magic’ – Cressida Cowell

We are so looking forward to celebrating World Book Day 2024 on Thursday 7th March. Any opportunity to celebrate the wonderful world of children’s books is ok by us! Have you chosen which World Book Day book you’ll be spending your £1 token on yet? It’s a great line-up this year – check out our guide to the books we’re most excited about here.

Reading for pleasure is vital to our children’s future success. The academic, social, and emotional benefits are enormous. And just like the World Book Day team, we are huge advocates for the many amazing authors writing and publishing in the children’s book landscape today. There are whole armies of brilliant authors out there right now and their books are packed with so much wisdom – what better way to inform and energise young minds?

If you’re looking for some bookish inspiration this World Book Day, we think these quotes from some of our favourite children’s books are a great place to start:

Quotes on the magic of books and reading:

‘Books crowbar the world open for you.’

Rooftoppers, Katherine Rundell

 ‘When a good story is told to a good listener, the pair of them own it together.’

Podkin One-Ear, Kieran Larwood

 ‘If a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.’

M is for Magic, Neil Gaiman

‘Stories can start revolutions.’

The Wolf Wilder, Katherine Rundell

Quotes on the power of words and imagination:

‘If you can imagine it, it must exist… somewhere.’

The Lost Magician, Piers Torday

‘I think gentleness is a might word because you have to be strong of heart to be kind.’

Sky Song, Abi Elphinstone

‘Sometimes words hang around longer than people, even when you don’t want them to.’

The Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Rauf

‘Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.’

I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

Quotes to inspire the kids!

‘Believe in yourself and you can do anything.’

Varjak Paw, S.F. Said

‘The first principle: Never to let oneself be beaten down by persons or events.’

The Matilda Effect, Ellie Irving

‘I guess it’s one thing to want something and another to have it.’

Shine, Candy Gourlay

‘Grown-ups always underestimate children. Children never underestimate each other.’

Mistletoe and Murder, Robin Stevens

‘The bad days are the days that make you.’

The Truth Pixie, Matt Haig

‘And I love the idea that one day, completely out of the blue, someone or something could come hurtling down from the sky and change my life, forever.’

The House with Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson


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We’ve also got some brilliant bookish activities on our blog, perfect for celebrating World Book Day at home.


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