One: Take Time for Reading. It’s no surprise that grown-up Eoin Colfer was once an avid child reader. “My parents were very much responsible for this,” he says, “as they took the time to teach my brothers and me to read before we joined the school system. I still remember being amazed if my teacher asked me if I knew any letters of the alphabet. So from five years old I was reading any chance I got.” The takeaway: If you as a parent want your kids to be readers, then take time to enjoy reading with them.