School is finishing up for another year and those lazy days of summer are here. Since reading skills are directly related to use, children who don’t read during the summer can regress and lose some of their reading skill if they don’t read during this summer vacation. Encourage parents to keep children reading through the summer months by providing lists of high quality books for the child’s age range and by posting good summer reading lists on teacher websites. You can also encourage children to participate in local reading programs sponsored by libraries or local community organizations. The more children continue to read during the summer, the more they will retain their skills.