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Did you know that January 23rd is National Reading Day? The purpose is to help children from Pre-K to Third Grade develop the skills to become lifelong readers and learners, and the day is celebrated across the United States in thousands of schools, libraries, and non-profit groups. In honor of this literary holiday, here are 23 quotes about the joys of reading.

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” — Stephen King

“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. We won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.” — Judy Blume

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” — Ernest Hemingway

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter…Reading is bliss.” — Nora Ephron

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo

“No two persons ever read the same book.” — Edmund Wilson

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” — Maya Angelou

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” — Neil Gaiman

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” — C.S. Lewis

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” — Ray Bradbury

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” — Elizabeth Hardwick

“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” — Tomie dePaola

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” — Oscar Wilde

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” — Mary Schmich

“Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.” — Beverly Cleary

“When you read about the lives of other people, people of different circumstances or similar circumstances, you are part of their lives for that moment. You inhabit their lives, and you feel what they’re feeling, and that is compassion. If we see that reading does allow us that, we see how absolutely essential reading is.” — Amy Tan

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad…” — William Faulkner

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller

“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world.You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.” — Angela Carter

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” — J.K. Rowling

Your Turn

So…how will you celebrate National Reading Day? What book would you recommend to a young reader? What’s your favorite quote about the joys of reading? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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