Once upon a story – Awesome Opening Lines from Children’s Books

Awesome Opening Lines from Children's Books

Most of us start a story with “Once upon a time…” But that is not the only way to begin a story! The very first sentence of a story has a huge impact on its readers or listeners. It can resonate with the readers and linger for long after the story has been read.

Did you know that the classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery opened with a 148-word sentence? Also, J. M. Barrie introduced generations of youngsters to Peter Pan with just six words!

We have put together some of the most awesome, fun and creative opening lines from children’s books. Read on!

Awesome opening lines from children’s books

Snoring Shanmugham by Radhika Chadha

S n o r t. Hutoxi the horse was upset.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’ so he was sent to bed without eating anything.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Imogene’s Antlers by David Small

On Thursday, when Imogene woke up, she found she had grown antlers.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Basava and the dots of Fire by Radhika Chadha

If you ever go to Masinahalli, deep in the forests of India, you must stop to visit Basava.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Dancing on the Walls by Shamim Padamsee

“I wish…” murmured Shirvi

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Holes by Louis Sachar

There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,’ grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Marley was dead, to begin with.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Bookasura by Arundhati Venkatesh

“Amma! Look! I read a chapter book. It has more than a hundred pages!” Bala burst out as he entered the room.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Matilda by Roald Dahl

It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

All children, except one, grow up.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

“Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity, – Good”

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  by J.R.R. Tolkien

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.

Our Favourite Opening Lines from Children's Books

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