Now, I am not saying that I read to my child every night - I am not that good at what I do (being a mommy) yet. But I aim to, and there are reasons why I do so.
1) Find a time in your day where you always read. Some people do it before bed. This doesn't work out with our routine, because Boo is usually a fussy monster by 5:45, so we like to read after her afternoon nap.
2) Find books that have simple, bright and stimulating art. We love Eric Carle books, but there are many other good choices.
3) You don't have to read what each page says, but IF and WHEN you do, point to each word as you read it. That will get your kiddo looking at the words and putting together that those words are telling the story of the book.
4) As you are looking at each page, talk about what is going on in the pictures. Use simple language that is easy for your little book worm to understand. Point to pictures and tell your kiddo what they are.
5) Let your child hold the book. The tug-of-wars I have had over holding a book y'all.... are unreal. I don't know what it is about books but kids want to hold them, and they don't want anyone else to hold them.
6) Establish book-friendly behavior. Start with board books. These books are nearly indestructible, although never say never!!! If your youngin starts being rough with the book, tell him/her how sad that makes you that he/she is being rough with the book and tell him/her he/she can't hold the book if he/she doesn't treat the book correctly.
7) After you have had some structured time with reading the book, encourage your kiddo to look at the book by themselves. Have several sturdy books among their other toys.