Quotable Quotes for Tween and Teen Readers

“It occurred to him that strength was quite different from toughness and that being vulnerable wasn’t quite the same as being weak.”

“I’d rather be happy and odd than miserable and ordinary,’ she said, sticking her chin in the air.”
Michelle Magorian, Goodnight Mister Tom

“The first thing he noticed was how quiet it was. This was nothing like the kind of quiet he heard when he woke up in the middle of the night after a bad dream. When that happened, there were always strange, unidentifiable sounds seeping into his room from the tiny gaps where the windowpanes weren’t sealed together correctly. At those moments he could always tell there was life outside, even if all that life was fast asleep. It was a silence that wasn’t silence at all.” — Noah Barleywater Runs Away, John Boyne

“This one isn’t just any old horse. There’s a nobility in his eye, a regal serenity about him. Does he not personify all that men try to be and never can be? I tell you, my friend, there’s divinity in a horse, and specially in a horse like this. God got it right the day he created them. And to find a horse like this in the middle of this filthy abomination of a war, is for me like finding a butterfly on a dung heap. We don’t belong in the same universe as a creature like this.”
Michael Morpurgo, War Horse

“..But the boys know better. They know thatelephants ask very little from life. Only Tumburlaine is ambitious to capture the stars and all the lands that lie beneath them.” –Tamburlaine’s Elephants,  Geraldine McCaughrean


“Life is where you sleep and what you see when you wake up in the morning, and who you tell about your weird dream, and what you eat for breakfast and who you eat it with. Life isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you make yourself, all the time.”

“Who’s the real you? The person who did something awful, or the one who’s horrified by the awful thing you did? Is one part of you allowed to forgive the other?”

Rebecca Stead, Goodbye Stranger

“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.”

“But Mole stood still a moment, held in thought. As one wakened suddenly from a beautiful dream, who struggles to recall it, but can recapture nothing but a dim sense of the beauty in it, the beauty! Till that, too, fades away in its turn, and the dreamer bitterly accepts the hard, cold waking and all its penalties.”
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’

I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

“Kind people have a way of working their way inside me and rooting there.”

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.”

“I just…feel like I need to save everyone. To redeem myself.”

“sometimes you don’t look very hard for things you don’t believe will or can happen.”
James Dashner, The Maze Runner

Best Holiday Reads for Kids

Now that the holidays are here, we cannot think of a better time to get your kids back into the reading habit! To help parents out with a few recommendations, here is our roundup of the best holiday reads for children.

For toddlers:

  • The Stanley series by William Bee

Join Stanley and friends for an exciting adventure in this colourful new series from William Bee!

“With engaging characters, introductory questions, themes that capture and sustain young children’s interest and simple, but informative story-lines together with bright, uncluttered images, touches of gentle humour and tools of the trade front papers, these sturdily bound books are just right for the heavy handling they are likely to receive by enthusiastic preschoolers.” – Books for Keeps

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  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

For two decades Sam McBratney’s timeless story, beautifully illustrated by Anita Jeram’s gentle watercolours, has captured the hearts of children and adults alike.

The tale of the Nutbrown Hares competing to measure their love for one another, and Big Nutbrown Hare’s heart-warming declaration to Little Nutbrown Hare, ‘I love you right up to the moon – and back’, has helped this story become a way of saying ‘I love you’ all over the world.

‘This is a book which both parents and children adore and will be a book any adult will happily read over and over again at bedtime!’

-The Guardian

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  • Busy Bugs Cloth Book for Toddlers

    This cuddly cloth book introduces the very youngest babies to many different animals! With one applique-style animal per page, eye-catching colored artwork, and a fuzzy fleece background, this is a book that children will love to snuggle up with.

For kids aged 3+ years:

  • The Cow That Laid an Egg and First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill

‘The Cow That Laid an Egg… had me in stitches. More than just a silly story about a cow who thinks she’s laid an egg, there’s something deeper here about the idea of family, but it’s so integral to the story that you don’t feel as thought you’ve been hit over the head with the sledgehammer of worthiness.’
-The Bookseller

“A Charming, comical tale.” -Starred Editor’s Choice

‘A wonderfully madcap story with wacky illustrations.’- Nursery World

‘Children will love the sheer craziness of this story, and Russell Ayto’s spectacular illustrations are the perfect accompaniment.’ -Alison Green (for Child Education)

‘This book has been wonderfully designed and the text is in perfect harmony with the incredible funny illustrations’ Booktrust Best Books Guide —

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Children’s Non-Fiction:

What’s it like to be a Bee? by Jinny Johnson


Using a first-person narrative accompanied by animal facts, this book provides a friendly, personal account of what it’s like to be a bee. Detailed and scientifically accurate illustrations work seamlessly together with the leveled text.

The book offers young students an engaging introduction to nonfiction and provides a valuable resource for STEM programs while supporting the Common Core State Standards.

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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

This classic tale of the famous Mallard ducks of Boston is available for the first time in a full-sized paperback edition. Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1942, Make Way for Ducklings has been described as “one of the merriest picture books ever” (The New York Times). Ideal for reading aloud, this book deserves a place of honor on every child’s bookshelf.


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First Read-Along Books:

Help your kids to read on their own with the hugely popular NOW I’M READING SERIES!

Now I'm Reading! Pre-Reader: Word PlayNow I'm Reading! Pre-Reader: My WorldNow I'm Reading! Pre-Reader: Look Around!Now I'm Reading! Level 1: Animal AnticsNow I'm Reading! Level 2: Snack AttackNow I'm Reading! Level 2: Amazing Animals

Now I’m Reading! is a proven step-by-step program that guides beginners from their first read-along books to the excitement of independent reading.


Now I’m Reading! is an award-winning learn-to-read program that gives children simple steps to reading success! Our books combine the two major approaches to reading: phonics and literature-based instruction. Each book in the series focuses on specific phonics skills and sight words, and each level gradually increases in difficulty while reinforcing previously-mastered skills.

Easy for parents to use—and fun for kids to learn with—these books will soon have your little ones declaring, “Now I’m reading!”

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