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25 Favorite Quotes from Children's Books
Children’s picture books have a special place in my heart. I love everything about them, from the illustrations to the narratives.
But there are some children’s books that are so poignant, so touching, that they stay with you. And not just for kids, but for adults. Maybe it’s a quote that teaches an important lesson or conveys a certain emotion, but there are certain children’s books that are even more meaningful to a parent than a child.
With that in mind, here are 25 children’s book quotes that get me every time:
Iconic Quotes from Children's Books
Click through for my favorite mother/child quotes from classic books…
"I Love You Right Up To The Moon — And Back."
From “Guess How Much I Love You,” by Sam McBratney.
In the battle of the “I love you mores,” Big Nutbrown Hare softly whispers this to Little Nutbrown Hare after he’s fallen asleep — a beautiful sentiment about the love between a parent and child.
"I'll Love You Forever. I'll Like You For Always. As Long As I'm Living My Baby You'll Be."
From “Love You Forever,” by Robert Munsch
As a child, I thought this book was intolerably creepy. And even as an adult, the peeking-through-the-windows thing is a little much. But, yeah. I get it now. I get it.
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"You Know That Place Between Sleep and Awake...
…the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” From “Peter Pan,” by J.M. Barrie
Peter Pan is chock-full of touching quotes, but I’m especially partial to this one.
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"You Are Braver Than You Believe...
…stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you’ll ever know.” – from “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne
This is just the beginning of A.A. Milne pulling at our heart strings. This quote, in particular, is something that I wish I could permanently plant in my son’s heart.
“Sometimes,” said Pooh, “The Smallest Things Take Up the Most Room in Your Heart.”
From “Winnie the Pooh,” by A.A. Milne
Aint that the truth?
"I'll Eat You Up I Love You So"
From “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak
There isn’t a parent on this planet who doesn’t understand this sentiment.
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"The Moment Where You Doubt You Can Fly, You Cease For Ever Being Able To Do It."
Another quote from “Peter Pan,” reminding kids (and adults) to never doubt their abilities.
"If There Ever Comes a Day We Can't Be Together...
…keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” From “Winnie the Pooh,” by A.A. Milne.
This one punches me right in the gut.
"Life Will Never Be The Same Because There Had Never Been Anyone Like You...Ever in the World."
From “On the Night You Were Born,” by Nancy Tillman.
A beautifully sentimental book for new parents.
"You Don't See it, You Feel It."
Another “Winnie the Pooh” quote — and this one’s a classic.
"...She Let Him Just Sit There and Be Happy."
Maybe I love “The Story of Ferdinand,” by Munro Leaf, because Ferdinand reminds me of my little boy, who is often found playing by himself, happy in his own world. But more than that, I think this is an important quote for parents: Ferdinand’s mother saw that he was different from the other bulls, but instead of trying to change him, she accepted that he was who he was. And that, most importantly, he was happy. That’s a good mother.
"When a Child Loves You for a Long, Long Time, Not Just to Play With, but REALLY Loves You, Then You Become Real."
From one of my all-time favorites: “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams
This is a quote that a parent can feel beyond the realm of stuffed animals.
"A Person Is A Person, No Matter How Small."
An iconic Dr. Seuss quote from “Horton Hears a Who.”
This is something that parents understand very quickly.
"Unless Someone Like You Cares a Whole Awful Lot, Nothing is Going to Get Better, It's Not."
This message of environmental responsibility (or just responsibility, in general) is from “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss
(Clearly we’re fans, considering Noah was The Lorax for Halloween last year! See more of the costume at Early Mama.)
"If You Love to be A Hundred, I Want to Live to be A Hundred Minus One Day So I Never Have to Live Without You."
Another A.A. Milne gem from “Winnie the Pooh.”
"...Anything Can Happen, Child. Anything Can Be."
A classic quote from Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” The full quote reads:
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me … Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
"No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted."
From the story “The Lion and the Mouse,” in Aesope’s Fables.
An important lesson of the undeniable power of kindness.
"Only with the Heart Can One See Rightly. What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye."
From “The Little Prince,” by Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
Again, this is a quote that rings truer for parents.
"To Live Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure."
A “Peter Pan” quote.
Having children often helps parents look at their babies from an outside perspective, knowing how much adventure is ahead.
"Everything's Got a Moral, If Only You Can Find It."
From “Alice in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll
A reminder that there’s always a lesson to be found.
"If You Have Good Thoughts...
…they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
A Roald Dahl quote (from “Matilda”) that I want to plaster on my son’s wall (and in his brain).
"You Have Brains in Your Head..."
…you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.” From “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” by Dr. Seuss
Obviously a popular quote for children young and old alike.
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"There's No Place Like Home."
From “The Wizard of Oz,” of course.
I always understood this quote, but I never felt it as strongly until I had a child waiting for me in that home. (See more of Noah’s scarecrow costume at Early Mama.)
"...I Just Wanted to Be Sure of You."
Quite possibly my favorite A.A. Milne quote, which perfectly captures a moment so familiar to parents and children. The full quote reads:
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’”
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