C S Lewis Quote About Reading

by Anne
(Brisbane, Australia)

Clive Staples Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis

I don't have a reading quote to add but I just wanted to say that I love the C S Lewis quote:

"No book is really worth reading at age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty."

This is just so true!

I read the Narnia books when I was about twelve but I came across them by chance when I was an adult and re-read them all. I loved them more the second time around, I think because I was able to read the story-behind-the-story, if that makes sense. You read books on one level as a child (depending on your age) and at another level entirely when you're an adult.

The Harry Potter books are another example. I read these as an adult, as so many people did, and really loved them.

Even the Winnie-the-Pooh books, which I rediscovered when I read them to my children, are great to read as an adult. On the surface they seem like simple books about animals for very young children but there's so much more going on in those stories.

In fact, that's my yard-stick for judging a great book: if I read it to my kids and I enjoy it as much as they do!

Thanks for the great site and for this page in particular. I loved reading all the quotes and am thinking some of them would look great on my children's bedroom walls. Maybe I'll get crafty and make up some canvases with reading quotes on them!



Hi Anne,

Thanks so much for your comments.

I really loved the Narnia books as a child and, like you, also enjoyed reading them many years later as an adult.

C S Lewis is an interesting character too. I've read a couple of books about him and intend to write a short page about him for Best Books for Kids when I have time.

Thanks again for getting in touch and happy reading.


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