As a kindergarten teacher, I struggled to give some children the confidence that they could read on his/her own. I told them from day one that they "CAN" read and write. They read and write like kindergarteners which may or may not be the same as adults. Once they understood this then they were more willing to try to sound out words to read and write. They realized that the importance of reading by telling the story from the pictures. Then when they began to recognize some of the words and understood how to sound out others they really viewed themselves on the path to reading as adults.
As I have mentioned in the past, Blake lovessss books. I finally caught him reading on his own. This was not the best example of it, as the best ones are always when he doesn't know I'm there andddd often don't have a camera nearby. Also, the quality is ok, butttttt .... I wanted you to see that even a 15 month old can "read"!