Good books can encourage children to love reading, become lifelong learners and lead a successful way of life in a global society, Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn told a ceremony Tuesday for winners in a children's book contest.

"Compared with our own generation, (children today) have much more competition vs. books," such as television, the Internet and video games, he said, addressing winners of the 20th Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix for amateur writers and illustrators.

Parents need to motivate children to read books because it is "the best way to stir their imagination," said Ghosn, a father of four.