Equip your car with a backseat organizer to provide your child and carpool mates with supplies: pencils, a pad of paper, tissues, a healthy snack, word puzzles, maps, and paperback books. Consider poetry for short read-alouds. (Yes, there are options beyond what is on the phone.)

Possible poetry titles include Shel Silverstein’s Where the sidewalk ends and Light in the Attic, and titles by Jack Prelutsky including Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young or My Dog May Be a Genius. Ten-year-olds and older enjoy I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING AND OTHER NONSENSE FOR MISCHIEVOUS KIDS AND IMMATURE GROWN-UPS by Chris Harris.