Quoted in Storytelling: Art and Technique 4th ed. By Ellin Greene and Janice M. Del Negro p. 129
“Children who are not spoken to by live and responsive adults will not learn to speak properly. Children who are not answered will stop asking questions. They will become incurious. And children who are not told stories and who are not read to will have few reasons for wanting to learn to read.”
Gail E. Haley's Caldecott Award acceptance for A Story, A Story in Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books: 1966-1975, ed. Lee Kingman (Horn Book, 1975) p. 225.