Book Love

6 Gorgeously Illustrated Quotes about the Magic of Books

As an independent publisher for 50 years, we firmly believe that all children deserve new books they can call their own. That’s why we teamed up with First Book, a nonprofit that routes books to the children who need them most, for our annual Give Books campaign.

For every book you buy on our website, we’ll match it with a donation to First Book—plus, get 35% off and free shipping with code GIVEBOOKS. (Both offers end on 12/15/17. Learn more here.)

These quotes touch on the many things books can do: bring us together, expand our minds, comfort and teach, and transport us to another world. Explore what books can do, and then what you can do.


“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” —Charles William Eliot



“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” —Jacqueline Kennedy



“So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.” —William James



“Books showed me there were possibilities in life, that there were actually people like me living in a world I could not only aspire to but attain.” —Oprah Winfrey




“One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children.” —Carl Sagan



“A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world.”  —Susan Sontag

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Which quote is your favorite? Or do you have another favorite quote about reading not listed here? Comment below!

Browse our website for gifts and reads and get 35% off and free shipping with code GIVEBOOKS. Every book you buy is also matched with a book donation to First Book. Hurry, this deal ends 12/15/17.

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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