|I Love to Read!|
(CNN) -- You're reading an excerpt from CNN.com by James Patterson, Special to CNN
Sorry, moms and dads, but it's your job -- not the schools' -- to find books to get your kids reading and to make sure they read them.
Case in point: When our son, Jack, was 8, he wasn't a gung-ho reader.
We told him he didn't have to mow the lawn (hooray!), but he was going to read every day (boo).
We also told Jack we’d help him find books we promised he would like: the Mom-and-Dad "Reading Can Be a Joy" Guarantee. We picked out "The Lightning Thief," a book in the "Warriors" series, "A Wrinkle in Time," etc.
Here's a simple but powerful truth that many parents and schools don't act on: The more kids read, the better readers they become.Ingrid Cheng
Author of Dream: Creating a Better World