Finding a quiet environment is advisable for parents hoping to encourage their children to read, an expert believes.
Children's author and illustrator Jim Smith thinks that providing little ones with a space that is free of distractions will encourage them to sit down and concentrate properly on their reading material.
Mr Smith – the creator of the Barry Loser series of books – noted that while it is impossible to give kids a "white, plain room" in which to read, wherever possible a "nice, calm household" is conducive to them taking information on board.
"Maybe if they haven't got that take them to a library where they've got to be quiet," he added.
Furthermore, the professional went on to say it is also important for people to get their children excited about a book by engaging with the story's characters, as this will "spark ideas" and encourage them to create their own tales.
"Make it as interactive as possible," Mr Smith advised.