As your child approaches his or her birthday, offer to have a birthday party based on his or her favorite book (preferably something fairly short). Send the invitations early, suggesting that children read the book before they come. Collect materials for party guests to make hats decorated as the characters and spend time with the birthday child planning a game for guests to answer questions about the book. As a prize, give a copy to the child with the LOWEST score so he/she can read it, too! Other games: act out a scene, read a character's dialog aloud, tell the story in thirty seconds. Try to plan party food that fits the book, as well. This makes reading a gift to all your child's friends.