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The best children's books have a funny way of sticking with us through adulthood. It seems their authors have a special talent: the ability to put profound thoughts into words so simple that even an 8-year-old could understand. It's also refreshing to see the world through a child's eyes again, every once in a while, or for some women, every single day.
We found 16 women (and tattoo artists) who have inked quotes from their favorite kids books, from The Giving Tree to Harry Potter. Then, we reached out to these women on Instagram and Twitter to get the story behind the ink. We learned that these tattoos capture something — a perspective, a motto, a feeling, a sense of wonder — that they want to hold on to for the rest of their lives. It's a small, special reminder of what's important to them; a 24/7 source of inspiration. And if you remember reading books from the likes of Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein, you'll be delighted by these tattoos — and the meanings behind them. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to get inked yourself — or just revisit a childhood favorite.