(CNN) — The end of the school year is approaching. Maybe your child will get a summer reading list, or perhaps you just want your kids to enjoy curling up with a good book on a warm summer evening. We’ve got some tips for you.
Anna Quindlen is a bestselling novelist and a mother of three. She is telling her audience how she helped encourage a love of reading in her kids.
First of all, read to them, and then let them know that you will keep reading to them, or with them, after they learn to read themselves. Some kids don't want their parents to stop reading to them at bedtime and thus delay reading on their own.
Another idea is to find a book that lines up with your child's interests. You can find books about animals, sports, outer space or fashion. If your child is already interested in the subject it will make the book more appealing.
And what about that summer reading list from your child's school?
Anything that feels like homework may have a negative connotation with your child. But just remember not to make reading time feel like a punishment.
Perhaps the best tip, become a regular reader yourself, even finding a book on that summer reading list to read along with your child. Children tend to do as you do, not as your say. So make family reading time part of your regular routine.