How much do your children actually read?

I feel like an old lady here... saying that 'Back in the day...'... But back in the day, I read a lot... We didn't have iphones or DS's, etc.. when we were at dinner with friends, we read quietly and if we got tired, we put our heads down on our parents lap and went to sleep... These days, my kids.. and it's my fault are so reliant on electronics.. before we go to dinner or spend more than an hour in the car, I make sure we are fully charged up...

So at night and on the weekends, my kids have to read for an hour.. They don't mind.. but don't LOVE it.. I want them to LOVE it...

Any tips on getting kids to really LOVE to read? or is it just asking too much for a 6 and 9 year old??​

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    11/12/13
    8Theresa Gould
    My husband and I are avid readers. We love books and love to read. I don't think it's asking too much for your children to love to read. Our older two girls took to reading like ducks take to water. Our next three took longer to learn to read 6-8, but didn't LOVE to read until later like 10-11. Our younger ones love books and our 7 year old daughter is a beginner reader. Once I am done teaching her I will start on our 5 almost six year old. I think having books available, trips to the library, reading aloud and having a quiet time just for reading all create the foundation for a love of reading, even if it takes the a little longer. I didn't start to love reading until my teens. My husband said he hated reading, all he wanted to do was play, so his love of reading came later too.
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    11/12/13
    8Theresa Gould
    Oh and ours read every day and we generally read to them every day too. Our older girls can take out 20 books from the library and be done them before their 3 weeks is up. Longer books they'll renew if they don't finish them before the due date. We just love books.
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      Amanda Hurley
      I have been weaning my daughter off of the games. I realized, just as you have, that they rely on it way too much. Its insane. She is an avid reader, especially now that she realizes that she can read. She also likes to tell her little sister and brother stories. Its way too cute.
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        It is difficult to make a child love reading. The one thing I would recommend is reading aloud to them. Many times when children are learning to read we suddenly start to require them to do all the reading and it is not as much fun as listening to someone read to them. Also many times their interest areas are above their reading level so they can't read what they want to read but would love for you to read to them. I agree it is important to help kids learn to love to read.
        Maybe an all electronics off half an hour each day is a great idea too :)
        Good luck!
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          11/13/13
          8Theresa Gould
          That's a good idea too, Makeba. Harry Potter is what actually got my then 11 year old and our boys hooked on books. Typically we recommend them reading the books first but with Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and Percy Jackson they watched the movies first then wanted to read the books and they all agreed the books were waaaay better than the movies! ;)
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