Ten Top ways to get your child to love reading

1. Limit television watching and video games to less then an hour per day.

2. Read aloud to babies, toddlers and children everyday.

Even when the toddler is running around and seems like he or she is not listening, keep reading. Start reading an interesting book to your child then walk away, and let him or her finish it on his or her own. Take turns reading together with older children.

3. Let children see you read

4. Let reading bond you together as a family; start a book club or reading hour once per week.

Make popcorn and some other healthy snacks and hang out with your children and read together snuggled up on the couch and read. Be sure to have a family discussion about what everyone is reading. Keep a chart telling how many chapters each family member has read.

5. When nap time is not working on any particular day, turn it into quiet time with books.

Give toddlers sturdy tear proof books and regular books to the older children. Let children read to their favorite stuffed animals.

6. Go to the library weekly or just go on a field trip.

Let children get their own library card and check out books on their own. Take advantage of author read a louds.  Afterwords visit a local park and enjoy a picnic lunch; for desert read one of their books to them. Idea* Check out books about places your family will visit. Example, before a trip to the zoo check out zoo books. Read them before the zoo trip, talk about the book while at the zoo, reread them after the zoo trip. Then write a story, act it out, draw a picture, or make a sculpture of something from the zoo.

7. Try E-readers

Reluctant readers might enjoy reading something that looks more like a laptop or phone then a traditional book. Plus there are many free books including the great classics. Many E-reader books are sold cheaper than traditional books. For example A Wildflower for All Seasons retails for $10.00 in a book form, while a Kindle version cost only 2.99 on Amazon.com

8. Play games during family night .Play game that build on spelling and literacy such as Up with Words, Scrabble, Hangman, and crossword puzzles.

9.  Visit the websites of your children's favorite authors. Many authors have games and activities on their websites.

10. Make reading the reward

Let your children stay up an extra fifteen minutes to read as a reward. Never make reading a punishment.

As a final note let me suggest making any reading time you spend with your children be fun, loving and a relationship building experience. Avoid any negative actions or comments.