21 Inspiring and Motivational Reading Quotes for Kids

Reading quotes to encourage your kids to have a reading habit

By Anastasia K
21 Inspiring and Motivational Reading Quotes for Kids

Importance of building a reading habit

Your kid has just came back home from school, tomorrow is another school night, they have homework or assignments to do and their examination period is just around the corner. Yet, all your child wants to do is watch TV, play games, visit a friend or do something other than reading and complete their school work. This is when you will probably wonder to yourself “Why doesn’t my child like to read?”

While being a parent tasks you with various responsibilities, one of them is the obligation to nurture your child from the moment your little one arrives in the world. It is the time to guide them into developing a positive self-image.

It is important for your child to get an education, yet, most children may end up viewing reading as a chore, and most probably a tiresome and boring one. This is why your child may prefer to do more “entertaining” things like watching TV.

So, it is important for you to cultivate a reading habit into your little one, as they grow, to help your child enjoy reading and even turn it into a hobby. This will ultimately prevent future problems that may cause your child to loathe reading. Here is why building a reading habit is important in the development of your kid.

1. Reading boosts cognitive development

Almost every parent’s dream is to raise a kid who will perform excellently in their academics and eventually become successful in the future. A good reading habit will expand the knowledge capacity your child acquires and this will impact his or her cognitive development.

So, begin cultivating your child’s reading habit at a young age to help boost their learning capacity. 

2. Reasoning and problem solving

Building a good reading habit for your child will enable him or her to acquire the knowledge that will help them to make the right discernment through reasonable thinking. When your child gets to acquire good reading skills, they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn new ideas, which is a boost to their knowledge.

By being able to make reasonable decisions, your kid will gain excellent problem-solving techniques that will eventually help him or her in their future life.

3. Boost a strong vocabulary

While the plan here is to cultivate a good reading habit in your child, in hindsight, you help them improve on their vocabulary. This not only boosts their school performance, but it helps them gain confidence in expressing themselves. This confidence raises their self-esteem as your child can easily and freely express himself or herself without worrying about making language mistakes.

4. Boost creative thinking and imagination

Most children often have wild imagination and may develop fantasies at a young age. This imagination can come in handy when it comes to school work, in the creative writing classes. In order to help your child tap into their imaginative ability, reading storybooks, novels, poems, and more can help them understand the writing concept and boost their creativity.

Hence, the development of your child begins from simple creativity and progresses to thinking outside the box through reading.

5. Building blocks of life

In life, there are certain stages that are a norm for everyone to go through, and education is one of these stages. When your child does not have the enthusiasm of attending school, it could probably be steaming from their dislike for reading and studying, among other factors.

With the right guidance and a good reading habit, your child can actually enjoy their school days, make great friends and do well in their school work, just from reading! These life stages are then fulfilled by a simply steering your child to viewing reading as a way of learning things rather than a weight on their back.

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21 quotes on reading for kids that you can read aloud

While it is your responsibility, as a parent, to channel your kids on the right path to make their future bearable, helping your child gain self-reading capabilities can be a difficult task. Most parents would be willing to try anything that will encourage their children in acquiring the best reading habit without trying to force it on the child.

So, to achieve that, you can use these inspiring and motivational quotes that will steer your child into developing a reading habit that is enjoyable for them.

Short quotes

To receive many blessings, read to your children from the womb to the tomb

Reading is important because you can read, learn anything about everything and everything about anything - Tomie dePaola.

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales ― Albert Einstein

Funny quotes

So please, oh please we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away. And in its place, you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall ― Roald Dahl in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island ― Walt Disney

You know that moment when you’re reading a book and you just have to stop and bit your lips and squealer sigh or close your eyes and wrinkle your nose and forehead and press the book against your heart and just sit there and try to soak up the gorgeous literature via osmosis. That’s my favorite part of reading.

Reading habit quotes

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting — Lady Montagu

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body —Joseph Addison

All of us possess a reading vocabulary as big as a lake but draw from a writing vocabulary as small as a pond. The good news is that the acts of searching and gathering always expand the number of usable words – Roy Peter Clark

Fluency reading quotes

Writing fluency sometimes needs an intense agony somewhere in your mind — Mania Khan

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion — Marcus Tullius

A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker, but without this nothing will avail fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are Marely the decoration surface of oratory — Charles Horton Cooley

Famous reading quotes

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them – Lemony Snicket

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader – Margaret Fuller

I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. A book shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage – Roald Dahl

Inspiration quotes

Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while – Malorie Blackman

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance – Confucius

It is not true that we only have one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish – S.I. Hayakawa

Reading importance quote

I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp – J.K. Rowling

In the case of a good book, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you – Mortimer J. Adler

The more you read the more things you will know, the more that you will learn, the more places you’ll go – Dr. Seuss


As a parent, it is important to spend at some time with your child as this ensures continued bonding. During this period, the best way to ensure good reading skills and habit for your kid is by reading to them and even guiding them in reading for themselves. Building a good reading habit for your kid only requires time, patience and encouragement. These quotes are a great way to send them that much-needed inspiration.

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