"You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
-A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh
"And so he listened. And in his listening, his heart opened wide and then wider still."
-Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
"Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?"
-C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
"But there was one other thing that the grownups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there."
-Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"You need a reason to be sad. You don't need a reason to be happy."
-Louis Sachar, Sideways Stories From Wayside School
"Good Night stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere."
-Margaret Wise Brown, Good Night Moon
"When I was one I had just begun…"
-A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six
"All those woulda-coulda-shouldas all ran away and hid from one little did"
-Shel Silverstein, Falling Up
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away”, said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
-Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny
"When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way."
-E.B.White, Stuart Little
"It’s a party. A big Dog party."
-By P.D.Eastman, Go, Dog. Go!
"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But he had one fault. He was too curious."
-H.A. Rey, Curious George
"The sky is always ready to play…"
-Jasper Tomkins, The Sky Jumps Into Your Shoes At Night
"One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and –pop!—out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar."
-Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
“I’ll take a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and an onion.” “Hey, Frank, burn one, take it through the garden, and pin a rose on it.”
-Alexandra Day, Frank and Ernest
But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!” And Max said, “No!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
"Pickles was a young cat. His paws were big. And he wished to do big things with them."
-Esther Averill, The Fire Cat
“I gather colors,” answered Frederick simply. “For winter is gray.”
-Leo Lionni, Frederick
“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.”
-Lemony Snicket
“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”
-Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grownups, then you write it for children.”[
-Madeleine L’Engle
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
-Madeleine L’Engle, Many Waters

GOOD Children's Anthologies

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Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color
Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson

Her young students knew that Miss Crandall had committed no crime. They knew that the real...

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The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, illustrated by Rachel Isadora

A Caldecott Honor winning illustrator gives this classic fairy tale a brand new setting!...

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Genies, Meanies, and Magic Rings
Stephen Mitchell

Master storyteller Stephen Mitchell brings three of the best loved stories from The Arabian...

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Birmingham, 1963
Carole Boston Weatherford

In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama was one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Civil...

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Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems
John Grandits

A 15-year-old girl named Jessie voices typical—and not so typical—teenage concerns in this...

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This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness
Joyce Sidman

When Mrs. Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their...

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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom
Margarita Engle

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have...

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The World's Greatest: Poems
J. Patrick Lewis

Who has kissed the most cobras? Eaten the most live scorpions? Sailed highest on a skateboard?...

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Way Up and Over Everything
Alice McGill

My great-grandmama’s mama told her and she told me this story about a long time ago . . .

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Can You Guess My Name?: Traditional Tales Around the World
Judy Sierra

A companion volume to the critically acclaimed Nursery Tales Around the World, this collection...

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Peacock and Other Poems
Valerie Worth

This new collection by Valerie Worth, conceived before her death, is sure to delight readers...

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If Not for the Cat
Jack Prelutsky

A creature whispers:

If not for the cat,
And the scarcity of cheese,
I coul...

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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems
Joyce Sidman

From spring’s first thaw to autumn’s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place. Though...

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James Rumford

When sleep was at its deepest, night at its blackest, up from the mist-filled marsh came...

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The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm
Laura Amy Schlitz

A dejected soldier makes a pact with the devil in this haunting, ultimately
hopeful fairy...

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The Mitten
Jim Aylesworth

When a little boy loses a mitten in the snow, a passing squirrel finds it's the perfect place...

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