Your kids may ask: Why read Harry Potter when you can watch it? Or classics like The Secret Garden, or even the Greek saga of Troy? True, it may be easier to go with the flow and just pick up the video, but those who love books know that there's no comparable joy to turning the pages of a gripping story or discovering worlds that expand you in words. Beyond this, reading helps develop your child's mind, and prolific readers often do better in school than kids who don't read very much.

Motivation is a key factor in teaching children to be lifelong learners. Reading is a skill that improves with motivated practice and constant exposure to books. Here are simple ways you can nurture your child's love for reading.

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(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Family section as "A Happy Bookworm" in September 2004; adapted for use in Female Network)


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