This file includes Books and Reading and Libraries.
Also see Writing and Poetry.
- Adventure is Just a Page Away
- All Booked Up
- Book Buddies
- Bored? Read a Book
- Extra! Extra! Read All About it!
- Favorite Stories
- The Grim Reader
- I Can Read Now
- Love to Read
- Once Upon a Time
- Our Little Bookworm
- Playing by the Book
- Read Me a Story
- Reading Rainbow
- Reading Rocks!
- Reading the Day Away
- So Many Books, So Little Time
- A Story, a Story
- Story Teller
- Story Time
Quotes on Reading
- A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. (Chinese proverb)
- A book lover never has to go to bed alone.
- A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins. (Charles Lamb)
- Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life. (Jesse Lee Bennett)
- Books fall open, you fall in.
- The books that are talked about can be talked about just as well without being read. (NY Times 13 Apr 1967)
- The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most. (Theodore Parker)
- Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. (Emilie Buchwald)
- The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. (Tom Clancy)
- Don't judge a book by its movie.
- Every book you've ever read is just a different combination of 26 letters.
- Following a sales meeting, one of the long time employees was talking to the group.
"You know," he said, "in a few years I will retire and I'll finally be able to finish that book I started thirty years ago."
A young rookie in the office responded, "What book are you reading, Jim?"
- I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests.
- I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget. (William Lyon Phelps)
- I find TV very educating. Every time somebody turns one the set I go into the other room and read a book.
- I sometimes pretend to myself I have insomnia when what I really have is a good book and inadequate respect for tomorrow.
- I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. (Anna Quindlen)
- I would rather read slowly and explore all the dungeons and passages than a speed reader who bounds from parapet to parapet and thinks he has seen the castle. (Jim Fiebig, NANA)
- If anybody would make me the greatest king that ever lived, with palaces, and gardens and fine dinners, and wine, and coaches, and beautiful clothes, and hundreds of servants, on condition that I would not read books, I would not be a king. (Thomas B. Macaulay)
- If you believe everything you read, you better not read. (Japanese Proverb)
- It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time in which to read them; but generally the purchase of a book is mistaken for the acquisition of its contents. (Arthur Schopenhauer in Books as Mental Nourishment)
- It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. (Lewis Carroll)
- It's funny that most of our best-sellers are written at a 9th-grade reading level.
- It's not the exact word if you can substitute another word for it without some loss of meaning.
- Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting me at the end of a long day makes that day happier. (Kathleen Norris)
- Let us read and let us dance--two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. (Voltaire)
- The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
- A man is known by the books he reads.
- The man who doesn't read has no advantage over the man who can't read. (Mark Twain)
- May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians or whoever it was that invented books. (Thomas Carlyle)
- Mystery readers are never clueless (at least not after the first chapter).
- Mystery writer Rex Stout grew up among books. His father, John Stout, a school superintendent, had a personal library of 1126 books. His mother, Lucetta, was a constant reader. She kept a pan of cold water and a washcloth at her elbow, and when one of her nine children approached her while she was reading, she improved on the occasion by washing his face. She was rarely interrupted.
- Nobody who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic.
- An ordinary man can surround himself with 2000 books...and thence forward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy. (Augustine Birrell)
- Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. (Joseph Addison)
- A room without books is like a body without a soul. (Marcus Tulius Cicero)
- Someone asked Einstein how many feet were in a mile.
He replied, " I don't know, why should I fill my head with things like that when I could look it up in any reference book in two minutes?"
- A story is a special thing
the ones that I have read
they do not stay inside the books
they stay inside my head!
- 'Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are' is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. (François Mauriac)
- There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. (Joseph Brodsky)
- We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. (B. F. Skinner)
- What do books and carousels have in common?
They both carry us away to wondrous places in our imaginations without us leaving out seats.
- What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers. (Logan Pearsall Smith)
- What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though. (J. D. Salinger)
- When you read a book, you hold another's mind in your hands. (James Burke)
- When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. (Clifton Fadiman)
Quotes on Quotes
- By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
- I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself. (Marlene Dietrich)
- If you hear a wise sentence or an apt phrase, commit it to your memory. (Sir Henry Sidney)
- It's such a pleasure to write down splendid words--almost as though one were inventing them. (Rupert Hart-Davis, referring to quotes)
- The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is.
- The wisdom of the wise and the experience of ages may be preserved by quotation. (Benjamin Disraeli)
from A Thread of Blue Denim
There is a very special sort of young girl who will pass the summer oblivious to heat and household routine, picnics and pool parties, vacation and vexation. She is the asocial creature suspended in the stage between baseball and boys, whose all-consuming passion is books.
She eats corn flakes with a book, washes dishes in the shadow of a book and spends the balance of the day sprawled sideways in an armchair with a book. At night she kicks her jeans across the base of her bedroom door to conceal the fact that she is reading in bed. Hauled off on vacation, she will look up from her book long enough to remark, "Oh, are those the Grand Tetons?" It's an insufferable stage; I'd love to live it over again.
(Nancy Byrd Turner)
Opening a book is like opening a door,
Turning a leaf's like a bend in the lane--
You never know how far you'll go,
To Kalamazoo or Spain.
What Could Be Better?
(Helen H. Moore)
Oh, what could be better
Than reading in bed,
Or thinking about
All the books that you've read?
With someone who loves you,
A father, a mother,
A doll, or a pet,
Or a sister or brother,
A grandma, a grandpa,
An uncle, an aunt--
(Can you think of anything better?
While outside the sky
Is all twinkling with light,
From stars that shine down
As we sleep through the night.
Oh, what could be better
Than sleeping in bed,
When the books that you love
Fill the dreams in your head?
yet fits in the hand
needs no battery
click or clatter
opens with ease
nothing to measure
no locks, no keys?
What takes you to
jungles and castles
On day trips to Mars?
Brings you wizards
camels and cooks?
Bring on the books!
Would You Like
Would you like
stories that surprise you
and/or hypnotize you,
a mystery, a history,
a volume to advise you
how to fix a motor,
build your own computer,
use a tape recorder,
get along with mother?
How about a voyage in outer space,
romance with an Alien
of a future race?
Then dip in, dip in,
grapple in with hooks,
dive in, delve in,
GET INTO BOOKS!
She stands by me,
this child of three,
a picture book;
Her eyes in upward,
I think of pressing
Of waiting things
of near demand,
Yet swiftly reach
for her small hand,
And go with her
Build Some Memories
I'm all tucked in and ready for sleep
Please read me a story and I won't make a peep.
Just one more page, just one more chapter
I want to know if there's a happy ever after.
A part of yourself you'll give to me
As you turn the pages of a fantasy.
We can be courageous, brave and bold
As we fly to the future or to days of old.
We may cry together, you and I
When we read of injustice and wonder why.
Or we may laugh together in the funny parts
Yes, books are a blending of our hearts.
I pray no matter how old I may be
That someone so dear will read to me.
And when I'm a parent with a child of my own
I'll read to them, a story or poem.
And my children shall treasure our nighttime tale
Not only the story, but our closeness as well.
So now I'm tucked in and ready for sleep
And in my heart your love I'll keep.
(Beulah Fenderson Smith)
Each night, before you sleep, you wait to hear a tale unfold;
Hansel and Gretel, Puss-in-Boots, King Midas and his gold;
I read the old familiar words and watch your shining eyes
The moment that you know the Frog's a fine Prince in disguise;
We hear the Emperor's nightingale; we wander through the night
To find the seven kindly dwarfs who loved the fair Snow White;
My heart grows lighter every time we climb the twilit stair--
Tonight the maiden Rapunzel lets down her golden hair!
I know this story time will pass; that you will soon be grown
To sit, with book in hand, beside a daughter of your own.
Then will your heart remember, then will you understand
How magical can be the gates that lead to Fairyland--
The way they swing, to show, beyond, a lost, enchanted street
Where tired mothers run again--on winged, small-girl feet.
A book is pages, pictures and words
A book is animals, people and birds
A book is stories of queens and kings
Poems and songs--so many things!
Curled in a corner where I can hide
With a book I can journey far and wide
Though it's only paper from end to end
A book is a very special friend.
Books to the Ceiling
Books to the ceiling,
books to the sky.
My pile of books are a mile high.
How I love them!
How I need them!
I'll have a long beard
by the time I read them.
The Reading Mother
I had a Mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea,
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
"Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath
I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.
I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness blent with his final breath.
I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings--
Stories that stir with an upward touch,
Oh, that each mother of boys were such
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be
I had a Mother who read to me.
The Miracle of the Beginning Reader
I wiggle and jiggle
And rock upon my chair.
I wiggle my loose tooth,
And I twirl a strand of hair.
I chew on several fingers
And I sometimes suck my thumb.
I tap the reading table
Like I'd play upon a drum.
I kick my foot with rhythm
Lose the place where I should look.
I rub my nose and clear my throat,
And sometimes drop my book.
I look outside the window
And I look down at the floor,
I pay very close attention
When someone's at the door.
I close my eyes and rest my head;
My teacher's heart must bleed.
But in spite of all of this
I'm learning how to read!
A good book is never exhausted. It goes on whispering to you from the wall.
Books perfume and give weight to a room. A bookcase is as good as a view, as the sight of a city or a river. There are dawns and sunsets in books--storms, fogs, zephyrs.
I read about a family whose apartment consists of a series of spaces so strictly planned that they are obliged to give away their books as soon as they've read them. I think they have misunderstood the way books work.
Reading a book is only the first step in the relationship. After you've finished it, the book enters on its real career. It stands there like a badge, a blackmailer, a monument, a scar. It's both a flaw in the look, like a crack in the plaster, and a decoration. The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.
The World's Thinnest Books
- Amelia Earhart's Guide to the Pacific
- America's Most Popular Lawyers
- The Amish Phone Directory
- Detroit: A Travel Guide
- Doctor J. Kevorkian's Collection of Motivational Speeches
- Everything Men Know About Women
- Everything Women Know About Men
- French War Heroes by Jacques Chirac
- Guide to Dating Etiquette by Mike Tyson
- How I Served My Country by John Kerry
- How to Get to the Super Bowl by Dan Marino
- My Beauty Secrets by Janet Reno
- My Little Book of Personal Hygiene by Osama Bin Laden
- My Plan to Find the Real Killers by O. J. Simpson
- My Super Bowl Highlights by Dan Marino
- My Wild Years by Al Gore
- Spotted Owl Recipes by the EPA
- Things I Cannot Afford by Bill Gates
- Things I Love About Bill by Hillary Clinton
- Things I Would Not Do For Money by Dennis Rodman
- And the world's number one thinnest book...
My Book of Morals by Bill Clinton (with introduction by the Rev. Jessie Jackson)
Songs about Books
- Ages and Pages Ago - Gary Wolf (1982)
- At the Storybook Ball - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1940)
- Autobiography - Cowboy Copas (1963)
- Bell, Book and Candle - Picnic (1959)
- Book for the Broken-Hearted, A - The Intruders (1966)
- Book of Dance - The Monotones (1962)
- Book Song - Fairport Convention (1968)
- Buying a Book - Joe Tex (1969)
- Close the Book - The Picks (1969)
- Color Book - Terry Allen (1968)
- Day I Read a Book, The - Jimmy Durante (1958)
- Dusty Pages - James McMurtry (1992)
- Empty Pages - Traffic (1970)
- Front Page News - Little Feat (1979)
- I Could Write a Book - Charlie Byrd Trio (1984)
- I've Already Turned That Page - Don Rigsby (2003)
- Little Black Book - Joe and Rose Lee Maphis (1965)
- Man on Page 602, The - Zoot Fenster (1975)
- My Back Pages - Bob Dylan (1993)
- My Coloring Book - Mel Carter (1976)
- My Heart is an Open Book - Jan Crutchfield (1973)
- My Little Red Book - Love (1966)
- Pages of My Mind, The - Ray Charles (1986)
- Pages of My Scrapbook, The - Five Playboys (1957)
- Pages of Time - Audie Blaylock (2001)
- Pages of Your Life - The Flying Machine (1970)
- Picture Book - The Kinks (1969)
- Second Chapter - Danny Kirwan (1975)
- Somebody Ought to Write a Book About it - Ray Charles (1967)
- Storybook Children - Barry Manilow (1977)
- Teardrops on Page 43 - Jeannie C. Riley (1969)
- Throw Away the Pages - Randy Barlow (1974)
- Turn Back the Pages - Richard Harris (1972)
- Turn the Page - Bob Seger (1973)
- When I Write the Book - The Firebrands (1995)
- Who Wrote the Book of Love? - The Monotones (1958)
- Write it in a Book - The Black and White Years (2008)
- Yellow Pages - Roger Bowling (1981)
- You Can't Judge a Book - Long John Baldry (1972)
- You Can't Judge a Book By its Cover - Buchanan and McClinton (1986)
Songs about Reading
- Day I Read a Book, The - Jimmy Durante (1958)
- Don't Believe Everything You Read About Love - Betty Cody (1953)
- I Can Read Between the Lines - John Hartford (1979)
- I Can Read Your Heart - Aaron Lines (2001)
- Letter That Johnny Walker Read, The - Asleep at the Wheel (1975)
- Note That Read, A - Bert Sommer (1968)
- Read Between the Lines - Hanna-McEuen (2005)
- Read 'em and Weep - Barry Manilow (1983)
- Read Me My Rights - Don Preston (1981)
- Read My Lips - Marie Osmond (1986)
- Readin', Ridin' and Racin' - The Super Stocks (1964)
- Readin', Ritin', Rhythm - Clyde McCoy Orchestra (1931)
- Reading the Book of Love - The Monotones (1960)
- She Reads Me Like a Book - Carl Belew (1965)
- You Must Have Been Reading My Heart - Dobie Gray (1987)
- You Read Between the Lines - Billy Parker (1978)
Songs about Stories
- Another Story - Ernest Tubb (1967)
- At the Storybook Ball - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1940)
- Bedtime Story - Tammy Wynette (1972)
- East Side Story - Bob Seger (1966)
- Ghost Story, The - Davie Allan and the Arrows (1966)
- Girl with the Story in Her Eyes - The Safaris (1960)
- Gonna Tell You a Story - Wilbert Harrison (1959)
- I Talk a Pretty Story - Wanda Jackson (1961)
- Inside Story - Ronnie Rogers (1983)
- It Might Have Been a Different Story - Gene Krupa Orchestra (1947)
- Likely Story, A - Steve Kuhn (2001)
- Little Red Riding Hood - The Meteors (1999)
- Long Long Story, A - Gloria Lynne (1966)
- Love Story - Eddie Holman (1971)
- Love Story in the Making, A - Linda Davis (1996)
- Love Story (Where Do I Begin?) - Andy Williams (1971)
- Making up Stories - The Johnson Mountain Boys (1984)
- My Side of the Story - Al Martino (1961)
- My Story - Chuck Willis (1952)
- My Story of Love - Gene Wyatt (1969)
- My True Story - The Jive Five (1961)
- Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends - Ronnie Milsap (1974)
- Real Story, -The Sylvia (1996)
- Sad Story - Three Dots and a Dash (1951)
- Short Story, Long Ago - Stan Harrison (2001)
- Shortest Story, The - Harry Chapin (1976)
- So Goes the Story - Johnny Crawford (1961)
- Some Stories Never End - Rattlesnake Annie (1993)
- Stories I Could Tell - Shane Stockton (1998)
- Story Behind My Tears, The - Vic Dana (1961)
- Story Behind the Story, The - Big Al Downing (1980)
- Story I Can't Tell, A - Bill Lloyd (2004)
- Story in Your Eyes, The - Justin Hayward (1998)
- Story of a Rock and Roll Band, The - Randy Newman (1979)
- Story of a Starry Night, The - Robert Goulet (1961)
- Story of Love - Desert Rose Band (1990)
- Story of My Life, The - Gerry and the Pacemakers (1981)
- Story of My Love, The - Paul Anka (1961)
- Story of Three Loves, The - Richard Hyman Orchestra (1953)
- Story to Tell - Big Joe Turner (1950)
- Story Untold, A - The Crew-Cuts (1955)
- Storybook Children - Barry Manilow (1977)
- Sweetest Story Ever Told - Ethel Smith and Bing Crosby (1945)
- Tell Me a Story - Frankie Laine and Jimmy Boyd (1953)
- That's My Story - Collin Raye (1993)
- That's My Story and I'm Sticking to it - Jimmy Buffett (1989)
- There's a Story Goin' Round - Don Gibson and Dottie West (1970)
- This is My Story - Derek (1968)
- Three Sides to the Story - June Stearns and Gene Martin (1963)
- To Make a Long Story Short - Ray Price (1976)
- Two Sides to Every Story - Etta James (1963)
- Untold Stories - Kathy Mattea (1988)
- Very True Story, A - Chris Kenner (1961)
- What's Your Story, Morning Glory? - Gary Crosby (1959)
- You're the One Who Rewrote My Life Story - Don Schlitz (1979)
- Your Side of the Story - Justin Tubb (1961)
Songs about Tales and Legends
- Fairytale - Rebecca Lynn (1980)
- Fairytale of New York - Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (1987)
- Fairytales - The Spaniels (1970)
- I'd Be a Legend in My Time - Ronnie Milsap (1975)
- Kansas Legend - Steve Fromholz (1970)
- Legend in My Time, A - Tommy McLain (1967)
- Legend of a Christmas Rose - Red Sovine (1978)
- Legend of Bonnie and Clyde - Merle Haggard (1968)
- Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Monotones (1958)
- Legend of the Alamo - Bert Berns (1960)
- Legend of the Dogwood Tree - Wilma and Stoney Cooper (1950)
- Legend of the Golden Arches - The Mothers of Invention (1969)
- Legend of the Highway - Jerry Chesnut (1970)
- Legend of the Rain - Arthur Lyman (1960)
- Legend of the Rebel Soldier - The Clinch Mountain Boys (1992)
- Legendary Chicken Fairy - Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan (1972)
- Lullabies, Legends, and Lies - Bobby Bare (1973)
- Riders in the Sky (Cowboy Legend) - Peggy Lee (1949)
- Sailor's Tale - King Crimson (1971)
- She Don't Believe in Fairytales - Jon Randall (1998)
- Tale a Sailor Told, The - Elton Britt (1951)
- Tale Untold, A - Robin Trower (1975)
- Tales of Lucy Blue - Bob Seger (1968)
- Tall Tales - Jack Scott (1965)
- Unknown Legend - Neil Young (1992)
- White Stallion Legend - Stu Phillips (1968)
- I Love Libraries
- Librarians are Happy Bookers
- Librarians Love Novel Ideas
- A Trip to the Library
- At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. (Senator Barak Obama)
- Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague. (Eleanor Crumblehulme, library assistant)
- Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. (Roger Ebert)
- I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. (Jorge Luis Borges)
- I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card. (First Lady Laura Bush)
- I'd be happy if I could think that the role of the library was sustained and even enhanced in the age of the computer. (Bill Gates)
- If you cut funding to libraries, you cut the lifeblood of our communities. (Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley)
- In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim. (Linton Weeks)
- Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library. (Walter Savage Landor)
- Public libraries were the original 'information highway'.
- When I got my library card, that's when my life began. (Rita Mae Brown)
Here is where people,
One frequently finds,
Lower their voices
And raise their minds.
A library is a place you are told
to keep quiet in,
And you can make a sail plane but you'd
better not fly it in;
Where people whisper out loud but nobody speaks
And everyone's shoes suddenly get squeaks;
Where you're not supposed to notice
if something should fall,
And they answer the phone as if it had
bad manner to ring at all.
The best thing about a library, though, is
thoughts that go walking
By themselves, and that's why there's no talking.
(Barbara A. Huff)
It looks like any building
When you pass it on the street,
Made of stone and glass and marble,
Made of iron and concrete.
But once inside you can ride
A camel or a train,
Visit Rome, Siam, or Nome,
Feel a hurricane,
Meet a king, learn to sing,
How to bake a pie,
Go to sea, plant a tree,
Find how airplanes fly,
Train a horse, and of course
Have all the dogs you'd like,
See the moon, a sandy dune,
Or catch a whopping pike.
Everything that books can bring
You'll find inside these walls.
A world is there for you to share
When adventure calls.
You cannot tell its magic
By the way the building looks,
But there's wonderment within it,
The wonderment of books.
Book Return Game
Think of fitting ways the following books might come back if you loaned them to a friend.
Example: I loaned my book on SWIMMING and it came back WET.
- Formal wear
- Canine care
- Monty Python humor
- Grocery pricing
- Without its jacket
- With several additional copies
- Without its spine
- Marked up
- Divided in two (but getting it back at all was a problem)
(if you have other suggestions please let me know)
(Eritha Yardley - from Reader's Digest)
Shortly after our family moved to Ibadan, Nigeria, I acquired public library cards for our three children and myself. We selected one or two books apiece and took them to the checkout counter. "I'm sorry," the librarian told us, "but you may not take these." I showed her our cards. "No, I'm sorry," she said. "You must take out eight."
"But these are what we want," I insisted.
"This is not permitted," she stated firmly. "You must take out eight apiece." She lowered her eyes and turned away. Fuming, we selected eight books apiece and shuffled away under a mountain of books.
At home, however, we read and loved every one of them. We later returned for 32 more. I think that librarian knew something I didn't.
The new librarian decided that, instead of checking out children's books by writing the names of borrowers on the cards herself, she would have the youngsters sign their own names. She would then tell them they were signing a 'contract' for returning the books on time.
Her first customer was a second-grader who looked surprised to see a new librarian. He brought four books to the desk and shoved them across to her.
She gently pushed the books back and told him to sign them out himself. The boy laboriously printed his name on each book card and then handed them to her with a look of utter disgust. Before she could even start her speech, he said scornfully, "That other librarian we had could write."
Songs about Libraries
- At the Library - Green Day (2006)
- Library Boogie - Tom Knight (2010)
- Library Love Affair - Brian Hyland (1960)
- Library Song - Tom Chapin (1989)
- Love in the Library - Jimmy Buffett (1994)
- Sarah in the Library Vaults - Keith Emerson (2000)
- Trip to the Library - Barbara Baxley (1988)