First things first: I mean literature in the loosest sense.
Ray Bradbury died. His books were introduced to me by my 7th grade Reading teacher, who was a big sci-fi fan. She had tremendous influence in the books I read, and I naturally thought about her when stories of Ray Bradbury aired on NPR.
As an unschooler, I started thinking about the other places outside of the school environment that influenced my reading. My mother was a voracious reader, and often passed her books to me (not.... always.... age..... appropriate!) We visited the library regularly when I was older, not so much when I was younger. I often just grabbed a good-looking book from the shelf of the bookstore. It was in this way I discovered Susan Cooper's books, Lloyd Alexander. I often picked up a book following a movie (and still do).
So, I'm thinking of how my burgeoning readers might discover their own books. My oldest is nearing that level in reading where confidence and skill come together and interest in reading books explodes (well, for lots of kids anyhow.)
How have your kids discovered books? I'm especially interested in child-led exploration, and casual influences from adults. Or did they choose a particular class or curriculum for themselves? What led them to do that? How did you explore books on your own when you were growing up?