1. Buy good books.
This one is kind of a no-brainer. Nobody wants to read bad books, and that is doubly true for kids. Don’t complain about how it costs money, or how you don’t have any resources at school, or how the kids will lose them. Just buy the books. Better yet, make a Donors Choose, create an Amazon wish list, stalk your local Goodwill—I’ve got a whole blog post about how you can make your library bigger and better on the cheap. But this is hands-down the most important step. If kids don’t have anything to read, then they won’t. If they are literally surrounded by good books, then they will.