By reading to your child every night or another established time suited to your schedule, you will have developed a routine by the time your child is three. Now is the time to continue to expand the experience and provide the foundation for your little reader to emerge. The preschool years are a great time of curiosity for children. Feed that curiosity with literature of all sorts. Continue to read stories with simple plots, but also include a lot of nonfiction. This is the time for your little one to be exposed to the world of science, history, geography, and other subjects of interest. It is also time to introduce in earnest books on good behavior. Many series include lessons on how to behave, for example: How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen, Berenstain Bears series, and Sesame Street series. As children become more verbal, ask questions as you read. Using familiar stories, ask what is going to happen next? Children begin to understand sequence of events with a familiar story and therefore, are positively reinforced for guessing the right answer. Have children pick what to read by asking between titles, between characters, and between events. By asking them to choose, you are encouraging their investment in what they want to hear and later, read. By asking using a variety of comparisons, it focuses the child on different elements of a story. Children are then ready to move forward into the next stage with identifying characters and main events.