25 Reading Corner Display Quotes

A picture speaks a thousand words, but sometimes words are the thing that inspires us the most. We think it’s really important to make the classroom reading corner comfy, fun, and inspirational so that children get excited about reading and find true enjoyment and value in literature. 

Off-setting your newly decorated reading corner with an inspiring quote is a great way to get childrens’ imagination going. But there’s more than that. Quotes have the power to bring out positive emotions, stimulate internal reflection, and help us to look at life in different ways. 

Find some of our favourite quotes for classroom reading corner displays in this article. We’ve rounded up powerful words from favourite children’s authors, and words from role models that motivate us to learn, discover and grow. 

If you’re looking for DIY reading corner ideas that will have your students looking forward to quiet time, take a look at our resources to help you make it a cosy space fit for kids.

25 Inspiring Reading Corner Quotes

Quotes About Book and Positivity

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” ― Walt Disney

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” ― Dr.Seuss

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” ― Fran Lebowitz

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

“To read is to voyage through time.” ― Carl Sagan

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

Quotes from Children’s Authors

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

“Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn't.” ― Neil Gaiman

"You can make anything by writing." ― C.S. Lewis

"The first draft is just you telling yourself the story." ― Terry Pratchett

"Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic." ― J. K. Rowling

Quotes from Children's Books

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr.Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

"One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again." ― C.S.Lewis, 'The Chronicles Of Narnia'.

“Words," he said, "is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life.” ― Roald Dahl, The BFG.

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings. 

“His eyes are orange. His tongue is black. He has prickles all over his back.” ―  Julia Donaldson, The Gruffalo.

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” — Roald Dahl, Matilda.

“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Displaying Reading Corner Quotes

The way you display your quote of choice can help to get across its impact as well. Ideally, it should be big and bold, clear for everyone to see. 

We’re big fans of creative reading corner displays and it’s wonderful when your reading corner books become part of that display. Your books no doubt have beautiful cover art that should be on show, enticing kids to pick them off the shelves and dive in. 

Create a colourful base for your quote on a display board on the wall above the reading corner using poster paper and line it with a contrasting border


Draw or paint your quote directly onto the paper, or save time by using pre-cut alphabet letters. We stock multicoloured 250 piece packs of paper letters or shiny mirror letters that will catch anyone’s eye when they come into the room. Don’t forget about drawing pins or Blu Tack to secure them.


Incorporating a book rack that displays your books is a really easy way to do this, and doubles as storage. A book rack like the Horizontal Wall-Mounted Book Rack or Floor-Standing Book Rack means your books are safely stored against the wall but kids can easily see their covers and choose what they like.


If there’s a special book that the whole class is reading together, maybe this could take centre stage on a Big Book Rack.  

We cover all sorts of other creative reading corner display ideas in our blog.


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