Mo Willems remembers the morning his daughter, Trixie, read her first book. The then 4-year-old had climbed into her father's lap for a read-aloud in their Brooklyn living room. Only this time, she was determined to read to him. Dad listened with growing excitement as Trixie -- the inspiration for the main character in Willems's popular Knuffle Bunny books -- slowly sounded out the words from Hop on Pop, by Dr. Seuss. Getting through the last page was a milestone for Trixie, who is now 10 and a voracious reader. "The first time your child reads a book on her own is as special as when she takes her first steps," says Willems. "It's like she now has a magical power -- she can go anywhere and do anything."
Few people better understand how to teach a love of reading to kids than the authors and illustrators who create children's books. We asked Willems -- and some of the other biggest names in the business -- for their advice on getting your child hooked on books.