One of the most precious gifts that any parent can give a child is a love of reading. Fill a portion of your child's day by reading to him. As your child's reading skills develop, you may ask him to read to you.
If you help your child to develop an interest in books at an early age, you will open the gates to a world of wonder, knowledge, and entertainment -- for the rest of his life.
One of the ways to instill a love on reading is it help a child choose books that will interest and excite him. A good place to start is your local library. Librarians are trained to identify books that are suitable for your child's age level.
After the librarian has directed you to appropriate books, let him browse through them to select the ones he wants you to read to him at home.
It is important to occasionally set aside some special time during the day for reading: after dinner or before bedtime, for example. Just make sure to give priority to this special time with your child.
In this way, he will learn that he is an important person in your life, and that you place a high value on reading.
When you read to your child, try lots of different reading materials, such as children's books, magazines, poetry, inspirational books, subject matter books, history and story books, just to name a few.
The more you read to him, the more you will become aware of his particular interests and tastes.
If you find one library book in particular that has captured his interests -- for example, one that he has asked you to read and re-read five or six times -- consider buying him his very own copy to keep in his room. Be sure to put his books on a low shelf where he will have easy access to them.
Finally, let your child become aware of your own love of reading. Talk to him about the things you like to read.
Your own good example --more effectively than any words -- will help instill in your child a lifelong love of reading.