Of all the many things to do before a little one arrives, decorating the nursery has got to be the most fun. Blankies, mobiles, and snuggly toys are important, sure—but book nerd parents everywhere know no junior book nerd’s room is complete without some bookish quotes on the wall. These literary words of wonder are sure to set your little nerd-in-training up for many magical years of book-inspired joy, big dreams, and boundless imagination. Might we suggest hanging these quotes above baby’s first bookshelf?
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” –Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie
”Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
–Happy Birthday to You, by Dr. Seuss
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child,
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts.
The impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves.
Then listen close to me—
Anything can happen, child,
Anything can be.” –Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein
“When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
–The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
‘Pooh!’ he whispered.
‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’ ”
–The House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne
“The blessedness of being little!”
–King Henry VIII, by William Shakespeare
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
–Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”
–Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
–Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
–The Minpins, by Roald Dahl