In this informative and useful guide, Bernice E. Cullinan, a reading specialist and professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at New York University, offers parents sure-fire ways to get their children to read and explains why, in fact, it is so important that they do so. Books are not only a place where children first discover words and concepts, but for parent and child alike, a book can provide the perfect jumping-off point to talk about real-life situations and clarify any questions they each may have about each other. Reading aloud to children improves their language skills even as it strengthens the bond between parent and child. And once children are able to read alone, they develop independence as much as they empower their imagination with a greater vocabulary and a widening of their perspectives. Dr. Cullinan provides easy-to-understand tips to getting started with reading, along with suggestions to parents having difficulty in setting aside time from their already hectic work schedules. Her subsequent chapters are each devoted to a different age group, from preschoolers to 5 and 6-year-old children and up through 11 and 12-year-old adolescents. Her appendix suggests magazine and book readings for each age group. She concludes by reminding parents that getting their kids to read is like planting a seed — in either case, a little care given is awarded with watching them grow.