Want to do your child a wonderful favor? Push the message that reading is one of the best ways to spend any moment of free time. 

Your child can read when he is:
  • Waiting in line with you at the market.
  • Waiting at the doctor’s office.
  • Waiting for the school bus.
  • Riding in the car.

Encourage your child to always have some reading material with him. Keep it in the car, in his backpack, in his coat. Don’t worry if it’s a book, a magazine or part of the newspaper—even the comics.
Take it a step further by going to the library, checking out some books you think he’d like and keeping them in the car for him.
Boys, especially, need encouragement to read. They tend to like reading material about sports, the outdoors, collecting and hobbies. They also like science fiction, mystery, adventure and fantasy.    
Be sure to have reading material for yourself, too. Your example is powerful motivator.

Source: Lawrence J. Greene, The Resistant Learner: Helping Your Child Knock Down the Barriers to School Success, (St. Martin’s Griffin