I sometimes take it for granted that everyone loves reading (and books) the same way that I do. That they share the excitement that comes with choosing and buying a new book. The thrill of starting a new adventure. The excitement of getting home to continue reading after a long day. Or the mix of joy and sadness that comes when you close the book for the final time.
But not everyone does. It could be they're too tired. Or they don't have enough time. It could even be that they didn't enjoy reading at school. Maybe they never had someone to nurture their love for reading.
I've been thinking more about how people can encourage a love of reading. It's something I've tried to do with my nieces since they were babies. We read together. A lot. And they love going to the bookstore to buy a new book.
They've even asked if they can have the books on my bookshelves when they're old enough to read them. I'm taking this as a sign that the reading bug has them hooked.
Your love of books can be a terrific way to encourage others. You can't force someone to read, but enthusiasm can be infectious. How many people pick up books because of word of mouth? Or read something because it was bought as a gift for them? Sometimes sharing a book you've loved with a friend could open them up to a new genre. It could even ignite their passion for reading.
How do you encourage a passion for reading in others?
Want some fabulous resources to encourage reading in younger children? Check out World Book Day. World Book Day in the UK aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books.
Also, Kelly wrote a great post about people who are a reading and writing inspiration here.