My name is Gayle, and I am addicted to books. Unlike many addictions I could have, however, this is one that I don't mind passing along to my kids. I've been thinking a lot lately about how I can try to instill the same love of reading in my daughters that I had at their age, and still have today.
The first step is simply to surround them with books. Those piles of books all over my house - the mishmash of review copies, used book sale finds, and library books? Well, those piles exist in the girls' room too. Some of them are books I loved as a kid, some of them are series books I've inherited from parents of older kids, and some are books that the girls have picked out from the Scholastic catalog that comes home once a month. I try not to impose my taste on them; if there's a book that catches their fancy, I try to make it available to them even it doesn't look interesting to me. (I do draw the line on books about actresses on Disney teen sitcoms!) I keep a basket of books for eachRead More »from User Post: How To Get Your Kids To Love Reading