The Magic of Kids Books
I read a lot of books. Like. A LOT of books. Novels. Business books. Spiritual books. Self help books. Memoirs. I love devouring knowledge and feel that books can teach me so much about life and how to live it well. I get to tap into the imagination of others, or learn from their mistakes and successes. I can get more views on God and learn about any religion I could ever want to learn about, from people who spend years researching topics and then giving us what they found most fascinating.
But there's one kind of book that I love to read more than anything else. Kids books. I love kids books and junior novels. I love reading the same things my kids are reading. Anything you want to know about life can be found in a kids book. I've read the entire Harry Potter series 3 times, the Chronicles of Narnia, all the Percy Jackson novels (including all the spinoffs), Wonder, Savvy, anything by Dallas Clayton, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, the Wildwood series, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, What Do You Do With an Idea, I could really keep going.
There's something about the simpleness in the way a book is written for a kid. There's more whimsy and beautiful art. Kids book authors are people who refuse to grow up and abandon their vivid imaginations. They get right to the point of what matters in life...Love and joy. They teach about bravery and kindness and courage in the simplest forms.
In honor of my love of kids books, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from them...
- “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
- “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
- 'We get born, and sometime later we die. And in between, we're happy and sad, we feel love and we feel fear, and we eat and we sleep and we hurt.' Ingrid Law, Savvy
- 'You can't get rid of the stuff that makes you YOU and still be happy.' Ingrid Law, Savvy
- 'I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.' R.J. Palacio, Wonder
- 'If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.' R.J. Palacio, Wonder
'Yes there are places in the world
Where dreams are almost dead
So please my child do keep in mind
Before you go to bed
To dream a dream as big
As big could ever dream to be
Then dream a dream ten times as big
As that one dream you see
Please dream for those who’ve given up
For those who’ve never tried
Please use your dream to make new dreams
For all the dreams that died
So when you think your dreaming’s done
Just remember what I said
‘Close your eyes my child and dream
That perfect dream inside your head.'
Dallas Clayton, An Awesome Book
'The Yesees said yes to anything
That anyone suggested.
The Noees said no to everything
Unless it was proven and tested.
So the Yesees all died of much too much
And the Noees all died of fright.
But somehow I think the Thinkforyourselfees
All came out all right.'
I really could keep going, but I want to hear from you...what are some of your favorite kids books/junior novels? And what are some of your favorite quotes from them? Where do you turn for some wisdom?