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16 Inspirational Quotes From Children's Literature

16 Inspirational Quotes From Children's Literature

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This vibrant, heart-warming infographic would make an excellent addition to the walls of elementary classrooms. It is a collection of illustrated quotes from children's literature - each quite is brimming with simple wisdom that can help kids.

These quotes provide both an educational experience as well as an inspirational one! From Dr. Suess' eccentric rhymes on embracing your individuality to Shel Silverstein's belief that magic comes from within, there is plenty to learn from this colorful poster.

What is your favorite quote from children's literature? I'd love to start a discussion on what we have learned from youth reading!

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Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT's picture
Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT
Middle school English/Digital Media teacher

These would be great in a secondary classroom, too! I would use them to teach theme, especially to show students that a theme from one story can be applied to another book (or movie, song, poem, etc.). And my 8th graders love looking back on when they were little -- the nostalgia of picture books can go a long way to teach more complex ideas.

KimberlyEHart's picture

Hi, Laura!

I completely agree that this would make a positive impact in a secondary classroom, too! The simple yet compelling themes of young children's books can really resonate with all individuals, regardless of age. I love the idea of using them as a platform to explore more complex ideas! I also noticed you're a digital media teacher. Does that mean you provide lessons on graphic design? A really fun and unique practice may be to challenge your students to design an image that features their favorite children's book quote, sort of like this!

Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

Thanks for this list. After three days of teacher inservice, I finally get some time in my classroom. I'm sitting here reading picture books, decompressing, and here's my addition to the list.

"I have told him it's very easy, anyone can fly. All you need is somewhere to go that you can't get to any other way. The next thing you know, you're flying among the stars."

Tar Beach- Faith Ringgold

"Frog and Toad stayed on the island all afternoon. They are wet sandwiches without iced tea. They were two close friend sitting alone together."

Days with Frog and Toad- Arnold Lobel

Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT's picture
Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT
Middle school English/Digital Media teacher

Great idea, Kimberly! I don't each art, but there is a bit of graphic design in my digital media and English classes. I like the idea of an image to reflect a favorite quote.

KimberlyEHart's picture

Hi, Gaeten! Those are absolutely fantastic quotes, thank you for sharing. I especially love that flying one. It's so simple and whimsical but it packs a powerful message. Goals can help you get anywhere!

Katie Schellenberg, JD, MA's picture
Katie Schellenberg, JD, MA
Advocate, Lawyer, Teacher and Founder of Beyond Tutoring

So true, Kimberly. I was just thinking that as I hit send!

"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." is what I was thinking.

Hayley Verdi's picture
Hayley Verdi
Alumni Services Coordinator - United Schools Network

Great post! I used quotes frequently as journal prompts for students to respond to as they entered class in the morning. I always asked them to write down the quote as well as their response so at the end of the year they'd have a collection of great quotes as well as their thoughts on them.

I read R.J. Palacio's Wonder aloud to one of the classes that had the most success with the quote journals over the course of a quarter. One of the class's favorite quotes from the book was "It's not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend."

mrsbeers's picture
6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Great collection Kimberly. Thanks for sharing!

Here is one the stands out in my mind from The Lorax:

"Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It's not."


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