"My daughter gets distracted and seems to have no attention span for books."
Timing is everything. "Don't try reading right after school, when your child needs time to wind down," says Kelly Pfau, a teacher at the Protestant Preschool, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Instead, crack open a book when she's in a calm mood, such as after a nap or before bed.
Make it interesting. "Children become excited when you bring a story to life for them," says Ellen Marks, director of the Beth El Preschool and Kindergarten, in Baltimore. Try making paper-bag puppets and acting out the story, or use different voices for each character.
Choose the right titles. Make sure the books aren't too old or too young for your child. Look for ones with fun illustrations, bright colors, and interesting story lines.