The other day we took a short (1 express stop) subway ride. My 7-year-old brought two books - one she was almost finished with and a back-up, and I brought the chapter book I've been reading to my 4-year-old. We all snagged seats and began reading. As we exited, another woman complimented me on raising two such voracious readers, noting their concentration (my older daughter later told me she didn't even realize I had been reading aloud to the younger one, so engrossed was she in her own book).
One of the ways to raise a reader is to bring a book everywhere. My phone is the flip variety from 1998 or so so it has no games, no apps, no nothing. So what do we have with us? Books! We read on the subway and the bus, while waiting at the doctor and the dentist and the post office. But we also read on benches, stoops, and even sidewalks all over the city. We read at the park, in between the monkey bars and games of "shark" (where one person pretends to spot a shark and then everyone has to run away). I read to my younger daughter while we stand in the schoolyard waiting to pick up my older one. My older one reads in the schoolyard in the mornings while waiting for her teacher to pick up the class - unless the supervising teacher has the chutzpah to insist the children run around so they don't freeze! My husband has even been known to bring a book in the elevator for the ride down to the laundry room!
Of course, raising a reader is not as simple as bringing books everywhere, but it certainly helps!
Where do you and/or your kids read?