Having a plethora of books available at home is one way to encourage your children to read. Another important way is to have a comfortable space in or around the home where your children can enjoy that quiet reading time. If the space is there, they will certainly take advantage of it.
The website www.kidspacestuff.com has a number of creative ideas for developing this space inside the home, one of which is featured on this blog. This particular space stands out to me because it is quiet, off by itself, and surrounded by books.
However, you don’t have to spend money on remodeling. Is there a big tree in your yard that your children love to spend time on? What about a garden area with a table and chairs? Do you have a small tent that can be erected to be a private, quiet area to read? There are so many inexpensive things that can be done to create that comfortable, quiet space to read. If you don’t have such a space already, I encourage you to make one. Your children will benefit from it for years to come.