How do inspire a love of reading in children and what are some great books to start them on?
Like all things is life, we tend to take interest in things that involve us. When our daughter was 3 years old, we subscribed to Read About Me books.
When we signed up for the program, the book company gave us a questionaire that asked detailed questions about our daughter, her little friends, what she liked to eat, what she did not like to eat, her favorite toys, television programs, etc.
Then each month we would be mailed a book that had all sorts of information and stories about our daughter. At first we would read to her. But because the information was all about her, she was very delighted and interested in the books. Each time a book came, she looked forward to discovering how she was the star of the story. It was not long before she could "read" the books by herself. She was so interested in the books that she had memorized the entire book.
Thus started her love for reading. By the time she was in high school, she was reading on a senior college level. To this day, she is constantly reading.
So my belief is that you interest them while they are very young. And the best way is to find things that they are interested in. Because she was exposed to books at such an early age and the books were of great interest to her, she developed a love of reading that she still has.
I am not sure if that company is still in business, but with the advent of pring on demand, I am sure you could find one who provide basically the same service. And I am sure the cost has gone down. But it still would be money well spent.
The only other suggestion I would have is take lots of time teaching them the basics. If they do not get a good foundation, they will fall behind and lose interest. Take the time with them while they are young. It will be time and money well spent.