Even if you are not buying picture books, please read them to your children! Get them from the school library, the public library, a yard sale or do book trades with mom friends. Picture books are for any age; they are a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. The illustrations help to tell the story and picture books often have rich and vivid language making it a more interesting experience than some repetitive, mindless easy chapter books (Rainbow Fairies come to mind here but you fill in the blank with your pet peeve series).
Will kids read more if it’s on a digital reader (iPad, Kindle, etc.)? Here’s what the Scholastic research found (via New York Times article by Julie Bosman):