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What's the best way to develop a love of reading?

There are a few key things you can do to help your kid become a lifelong reader:

Read to them. As kids are growing up, make reading aloud part of your daily routine. Kids will make positive associations with reading and spending time with family.

Keep books in the house. Kids who grow up in homes with lots of books read more. If your family has an ereader, keep it stocked with new books. You can even check out ebooks from the library.

Set aside time daily for your kids to read. Prioritizing reading by making time for it, even as kids get older, has a huge impact.

Read! Parents who read more have kids who read more. Don't save your reading time for after your kids are in bed. Read in front of them, and make going to the library a routine for you and your kids.

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Kid, 8 years old

Start reading at an early age or find books about a topic your kid likes (example, Pokemon Books.) Hope I helped!
Adult written by bookfriendly

My mother read to us when we were small. Sometimes if I look through old Dr. Seuss books and other kids' books we used to read, I still hear her voice reading them in my head. Later, I really got into reading because of 2 things: 1) learning and 2) the social aspect. I have always loved learning, and I remember going through phases when I would be interested in a certain topic to the point of obsession for a few weeks or months. I was lucky that my elementary school had a wide selection, so I would check out stacks of books on topics that ranged from ancient civilizations to animals species to haunted houses and UFOs. I'd read both nonfiction and also fiction with stories about these topics. If your child isn't really interested in reading but is fascinated by something else (say military vehicles, which was what got my little brother interested in reading, or horses or pioneers or anything else) you can introduce them to books on those topics. Often they'll devour anything they can find on their favorite subjects, and then branch out to more varied interests, like I did. The other reason I loved reading as a kid was because of the social aspect. Reading fiction helps us learn about human behavior, develop morals, and-if the books are really good-the characters can come to feel like friends. I was very introverted as a kid and also experienced some bullying, so for me the reading was really a way to get friendship and human contact-even fictional-that I wasn't really getting from my peers. If your child prefers to be by his/herself or has few friends, I might introduce him/her to some books with strong characters that you know they'll relate to. This doesn't replace real, flesh-and-blood friendships, but I think it helped me when I didn't have any and allowed me to prepare for them by making me a better, more empathetic person.
Adult written by gabrielah1

I can only say what has worked for me, I read to my kids since they were born, every night books before bed, and I stopped reading to them when they started reading themselves well, they are such avid readers that can't put them to bed without reading first. I still read Spanish books for them. They are 6 and 8 and their reading level is way above their grade level, I always read in front of them and have lots of books in the house
Teen, 17 years old written by love.the.daydreamers

My love for reading began because of Harry Potter. I later realized that what fostered this love is the realization of what books could create for me. I learned that I could experience magic and fantasy through the pages of a book. So, I would say that to foster a love of reading, all you have to do is show you child that magic really does exist. We create pictures and visions of everything we read.
Adult written by Tryrshaugh

I guess there are many exceptions to the rules the article gives. I personally had parents who weren't into reading at all and didn't support me into this particular activity, but it still hasn't stopped me from devouring books. I would reckon not to force your child to read, as it would have the opposite effect, but rather whenever your child has the idea of reading, try to settle an environment where nothing will stop your him/her from reading until he/she is finished- of course don't cross by far bed-time hours and don't make your child notice it too much because he'll/she'll have the feeling that you are exaggerating. Another important fact is to notice whether your child is precocious or not as it will change his reactions towards your's. Technically, a precocious child is a child with an IQ above 130. Since I you might not appreciate the IQ scales, refer to the psychological criteria. A precocious child is extremely complicated to handle because he/she is far different from children of his age and siblings if he has any. This means that he/she will tend to be an introvert from birth to the age of 12 (he might as well remain an introvert into adulthood). To avoid depression, you have to immediately find an activity in which your child will mentally develop and this could very well be reading. In order to do so, you have to give him books which are up to +3 or +5 (or even more if he/she is mature enough) of his age in which he/she will find a whole new world to discover. This is how I personally developed a love for books (I read "For whom the bell tolls" and "On the road" at the age of 10). But always keep in mind that your child is only mentally, emotionally or intuitively mature but probably not in other domains, this is why you must not forget to help him understand certain key concepts and be here whenever he/she needs you. Thirdly, if you are more into personality analysis, you may try models such as the enneagram which allows you to understand what makes your child like or dislike certain activities according to his/her's type. I'll give an example, a child of enneatype 5, in other words the typical child who wants to understand the world, will dislike books if he/she will not have the feeling of having acquired something, whether it is knowledge, joy or anything he/she values. This is why whilst suggesting this child a book, you have to give the feeling that this book has value. The child will then feel attracted to the book and soak up anything there might be in it. Consider this tool if you really do not know why your child reacts strangely in certain circumstances as it might give you an insight of his/her thoughts.