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What worked for a couple of my kids turned out to be simple and obvious. They got excited about reading when they found something exciting to read. In their case, Harry Potter.
HP was all the rage at the time. We bought the books the day they were released, including, for me, attending an extravaganza at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan into the wee hours of the morning. That made bringing the book home even more exciting.
What are kids talking about in your community? Are there books that their friends are excited ab out? Peer pressure isn't always a negative. Use it if you can.
As for the TV, I would unplug it! : ) For the rest, I would have to agree with the previous answer. They need to enjoy what they're reading. Once you find something they love, check out this website for ideas for similar topics. They're never too old to share a good book with mom or dad!
I think it is important to expose kids to books that interest them. If students like technology or struggle reading, find some good online interactive books. Here's an article with some great free online sites with interactive books for kids.
Best way is to give stories or rhymes attract their interest. Talk about the stories and explain them. be a model for them and let them see you reading the books and discuss it with them about the book which you read.