Reading to your child could be the single most important thing you do to turn your child into a great reader. And if for some reason you "can't" read to your child every night, forthwith are my reasons why, in fact, you can.
*He's too tired.
(Make it a short book. Or a poem. Here's "Hoppity," a beautiful, lyrical poem by A. A. Milne that's fun to read and won't take up any time.)
*I'm too tired.
(Keep your eye on the prize - you're creating a reader.)
(Get a book you'll both enjoy. He may want the same book every night, and that's fine for him but adults get bored with the same thing every night. So get Mary Poppins. There's something interesting on every page. Plus, you can burst into song - or English accents - if you want.)
*My child won't.
(Either you haven't found the right book, or he's somehow gotten the impression that it's optional. Stay your ground. Make the book fun by using silly voices. For inspiration, check out how Robert Munsch reads to kids.)
*I can't read.
(Get a book on CD. And by the way, how are you reading this blog? You can too read!)
*My husband puts him to bed, and he won't read to her.
(Then read to your child during her bath. Or during snacktime. Or colouring-time.)
Read to your child every night. It's really, really important.