I believe that you should instill the love of reading in children at an early age. These are some of the ones that I remember very vividly from my childhood. My grandmother Midge really encouraged our reading. She often bought us books as gifts. I really wish I had kept them for myself instead leaving them at home when I moved out. Sadly they have lost to donation.
She also encouraged our reading by providing a good example to us. She loved mystery books and often had one sitting next to her chair in the den. She also read the newspaper every morning. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I started to devour books regularly and it is something that I have kept up.
There is nothing like cuddling up with a good book on a cold day with a cup of coffee or tea and a warm blanket, or, in the summer a glass of lemonade and a hammock strung between two strong trees on a nice day.
The internal stories played out in your mind are much more vivid, and full of feeling. It’s hard to explain it to non-readers. I have never found a way to encourage someone that didn’t develop the love of reading from a young age to start, but those with the love of the written word know exactly how I feel about reading.
So, get them started young! Reading is so fundamental, and will only help them in the future. It will expand their mind, their imagination, and their vocabulary.