It can be difficult at times to try and get children to read, especially if they feel that they are being forced. This is why it is important to start your kids off with books on topics that you know they like. If they like animals, then have them start reading books that feature animals as the main characters. If they like a certain activity, such as going to the park then find a book that is about children playing at the park.
At first, getting a child to read on their own and enjoy it might feel a bit like pulling teeth. Sooner though rather than later you will see your children start to read on their own without any hassle from you. They will pick up important life lessons from the books they read, usually without even realizing that they are learning.
By reading with your kids, you are setting an example that reading is something that should be done actively for the rest of their lives. The more you read, the more you learn about anything and everything. Even fiction novels about adventure or a sci-fi novel will teach your children about our world, even if the story is about a completely different one.
It may take a bit of time, but the payoff in the end is completely worth it. A child who reads actively is one who thinks critically and engages with the world around them. Start your child on a program of reading that will stick with them for the rest of their life!