Begin by picking a date to start trips to the public library. Most libraries are open nights and many have at least limited weekend hours.

No child is too young to benefit from a trip to the library. If your child is old enough, have them write a few words about what they read. The older your child, the more demanding your book report requirements can be.

Work this into your rewards system as well: an honest effort on a book summary earns them more points while no book summary equals a loss of points.

Bringing the kids into back-to-school planning will be hard at first, but remind them that next year bonuses will increase and exercise patience at every step along the way.

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