I really wasn't a reader until our homeschool opened. I was nervous about schooling at home for this reason. But as I sat down and read books with my kids I realized that I was learning along side them. Not only that but it was sparking in me a desire to find out more about the topics under study. At first I picked up children's classics at random because the label of 'classic' implies a scholarliness. Even if it wasn't teaching history or science, it is likely teaching grammar, spelling, use of imagination and practice for further reading. I found myself talking about my reading constantly. And I noticed that the more I read, the more my time improved. Practice really does make progress.
Even though today I remain a very slow reader, I read every single day. And so do my kids. We are most definitely a reading family.
That's my Monkey Boy at age 3. He didn't have to read that well to enjoy a good book.
BTW, I'm on my third book, The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle. It is quite captivating. I'm not yet needing a nap or caffeine. That cherry coke is still in the fridge waiting for the perfect moment to perk me up, though I did get into the bag of 100 Grand.