Let young readers choose their own books
Cris's tip for helping encourage a lifelong love of books:
I was given a tip that kids need the opportunity to choose their own books, rather than always reading what we think they would like. For some reason, my daughter doesn't like borrowing books from the library, but she loves buying books when we go to the thrift shop. I let her buy one or two books, and she has to make up her mind and count the right amount of money. She is often more interested in the books she has chosen. If the books get ignored, then I simply recycle them back to the shop. It's a great treat for my daughter on those days I get to spend time with her by myself (on dawdle days).
I love this hack because it lets kids know that it's okay (good!) for them to explore their own interests -- and it gives them the skills to do so.