I must admit that I do not usually read to my daughter before bed. I keep a very early schedule, and reading (a book that I've likely already read) in her comfortable bed simply doesn't work for me. I can't get through more than a few pages before I am asleep. So, I read to her over breakfast. My husband does read with her at night. Sometimes her reads to her, and sometimes she reads to him. Lately, for instance, she has been reading Real Friends aloud to him, one chapter a night.
The other night, after they finished their chapter, she asked if she could read some more on her own (a different book). She said that reading to him charges her up, and that she likes to read silently to herself to help get sleepy.
This made me happy when I heard it, because it is certainly true for me. The busier the day, the more I need to read for a few minutes before I fall asleep. It helps me to calm my mind down. This is one of the many contexts in which I consider reading a gift. The fact that my daughter has access to the same gift pleases me tremendously.
I'm sure that many of you can relate. All of these are steps along the path to becoming a Reader.