Several years ago, while adults complained that teenagers didn’t read anymore, those same teenagers were quietly devouring 700+ page books about a young wizard named Harry Potter. Similarly, the Lord of the Rings trilogy sent young readers scampering to the nearest library or bookstore to rediscover the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The lesson is clear: kids will read if they have peer and/or family support for doing so, and if they have something interesting to read about. If you want to raise a child who loves books, these ideas will get you off on the right foot.

1. Start Young

Make the reading of bedtime stories a fun and relaxing ritual, even if your child is still too young to understand the words you are reading. Consider buying your baby soft plastic books with different textures inside. The bright colors and rhyming words may elicit more interest than you think.

2. Read as a Family

Let your child see that you, your partner, and other family members all enjoy reading. Unfortunately, boys tend to get the message from peers that reading books is a “sissy” activity. Teach your child at home that there is nothing masculine or feminine about reading – it’s just a fun activity.