21 of the Best Opening Lines in Children’s Books

The very first sentence of a story can be extremely powerful. It can stick with you for days, weeks, even years. As you teach writing and journaling in your own classroom, we pulled together some of the most memorable, fun […]

The very first sentence of a story can be extremely powerful. It can stick with you for days, weeks, even years. As you teach writing and journaling in your own classroom, we pulled together some of the most memorable, fun and creative opening lines of children’s books. We hope they encourage your own students to really push themselves the next time they start a story. 

1.Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 
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2. Feed by M.T. Anderson 
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3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 
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4. Imogene’s Antlers by David Small 
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5. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans 
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6. Holes by Louis Sachar 
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7. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis and Chris Van Allsburg 
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8. Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis 
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9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares 
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10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney 
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11. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 
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12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 
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13. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson 
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14. Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting 
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15. The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck 
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16. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi 
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17. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 
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18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
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19. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea 
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20. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss 
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21. The Little Engine That Couldby Watty Piper
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Posted by Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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