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Best loved children’s classics and quotes to share with your grandchildren

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Nothing’s better than a sleepover at Grandma’s house, from staying up late to reading “just one more” book, “Pleeeeeease, Grandma!”

But how many times can you read Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, Goodnight Moon? This classic bedtime tale is so soothing, little ones can’t help but relax and go to sleep – unless they’ve become immune, after hearing it a thousand times. And never mind the kids – grownups can only take so much. Certainly, there have to be (and, of course, are) more books that are suitable for after-schoolers and sweet-dreamers…

Here’s a time- and grandparent-tested list of the best ever books for the school-aged crowd – including great quotes to share and discuss.

  1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”

  1. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

"...we are just the same--I am only a little girl like you. It's just an accident that I am not you, and you are not me!"

  1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

  1. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

“‘I wish that I could give you something… but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry…’
‘I don’t need very much now,’ said the boy, ‘just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.’
‘Well,” said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could. ‘Well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.’
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.”

  1. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

“My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white. My eyes are greyish blueish green, but I'm told they look orange in the night. My hair is reddish blondish brown, but its silver when its wet, and all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”

  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”

  1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

  1. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

  1. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (Aesop’s Fables)

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

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