Some ways to encourage kids to read include reading with them, offering a variety of reading materials, planning fun activities to relate to books, talking about books and celebrating reading success. Making reading time fun instead of forcing it can also encourage a child to enjoy reading.
Kids often get more excited about reading when an adult shares a book with them. Read to your child, take turns reading, or have older kids read to younger kids. Let your child choose her own reading materials, even if she chooses something other than books. Even the back of a cereal box is reading material.
Activities to go along with books make them more exciting. Act out scenes from a story or make puppets of the characters. Another idea is to have a family book night instead of a family game night. Plan snacks related to the books and take turns sharing your favorite books.