A good first step is taking children to the public library and working with the children's librarian. Let your children become familiar with where the books are. Ask the librarian to show your kids the most popular books. Go to the library regularly. If your child is a reluctant reader, then read the books together aloud. Children in elementary school still enjoy listening to picture books and easy readers. The pictures and the words may be just right to pique their interest. Books have no grade level and reluctant readers should not be restricted to a certain section in the library or bookstore.
Generally speaking, children who enjoy reading usually have parents who enjoy reading. Parents who read the newspaper, write and receive letters, buy books for presents, subscribe to magazines and choose to read rather than watch TV are modeling the importance of reading in their lives to their children.
Children enjoy being read to and the more it's done, the more they want it. Many parents enjoy reading to their children -- it's a rewarding ritual for both children and parents. Some parents cannot read to their children because they do not have the ability to do