Inspired by Huck Finn as a boy, Eoin Colfer once tried to build a raft from old planks of wood and cereal boxes. “We thought,” he says, “the tiny creek at the end of our field in Ireland would eventually join up with the mighty Mississippi and we could meet up with Huck.” Although his river-rafting adventure failed (the cardboard dissolved!), young Eoin’s love for reading didn’t. He has since grown up to become the New York Times best-selling author of WARP: The Reluctant Assassin and the Artemis Fowl series. Now he offers you seven practical tips for raising a reader in your home.