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1. Read with, and in front of, your children Reading to your children is important so that they get used to interacting with books regularly. In addition to doing this and giving them time to read on their own, you should also be a present reader. What I mean by this is simple: pick up a book, sit down, and read. Your children may be playing games or coloring nearby, but when they see you reading, they will learn that reading is a part of life. As they say, monkey see, monkey do. I read a lot; my children do, too. I don't have to force them, either, they learned by example. 2. Provide a variety of literature Literature comes in many forms, especially today. Real books, ebooks, magazines, webzines, blogs, newspapers and more: there is literature to be found at every turn. Don't limit your encouragement in reading to simply books. If your child reads books fairly often but doesn't seem thrilled, try getting them a magazine involved in their interests, or a kid's magazine. The new look will gain their excitement. If they only read online, give them a book maybe with some pictures. Something new is something exciting to their eyes and minds, so provide variety. 3. Adapt to their interests As your children grow, their interests grow, too. My son got really tired of what I'll go ahead and title "moral heavy" children's books in a short time period, so we picked out a few mystery, young adult fiction books for him and his interest was captured again. And when he got older again, I showed him some classics about sports that I thought he might like as he grew interested in baseball and football. Your child's interests will grow, and you should encourage them to find literature to enhance and supplement those interests. These are just some ways that I found most effective in getting my children (and sometimes, my students) to read not only at a young age, but to continue reading. Nearly every student learns to read, but whether or not they learn to enjoy that experience depends on the way they are continually introduced to literature. It's possible to keep our youth reading; we just have to try.