Reading is the key to academic success and success in life.
According to the Indiana Youth Institute, children who do not read during the summer months can lose two months of gains made during the school year.  However, children reading as little as 15 minutes a day can advance their reading levels. The more the child reads during vacation, the greater the chance for advancement.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has announced the Family of Readers summer reading initiative. Through a partnership between the Indiana Department of Education and myON®, students have access to 3,000 free, online books. Students may go to the IDOE webpage at, which links to myON® Books’ digital library with English and Spanish texts. Reading families are encouraged to read items of personal interest either online or in print.  Information on special events this summer is available on the website.
Ritz suggests that students and parents:
• Read with someone.
• Read to someone.
• Share with someone what he or she has read.
• Listen to someone read.
• Help others read.
• Read independently.
The Indiana Youth Institute offers grade-specific tips to encourage summer reading:
Pre-K through first grade:
• Read daily to your child.
• Take your children to the public library and help them obtain their own library cards.
• Re-read books and pause during your reading to allow your child to finish sentences.
• Keep markers, crayons, pens and paper on hand and encourage kids to make their own books.
Second and third grade:
• Have your child read recipes, then measure and stir ingredients.
• Have older children read to younger siblings.
• Play games that involve reading.
• Have your child write a grocery list.
Fourth and fifth grade:
• Read aloud to them even if they can read alone. Link films and television shows to books.
• Let them stay up later if they are reading.
• Ask them to read schedules (movie, TV, etc.).
Sixth through eighth grade:
• Set aside family reading time; read separately but in the same room.
• Recommend books you enjoyed when you were their age.
• Encourage children to read aloud to others.
• Give reading-related gifts such as books, gift cards from bookstores, or bookshelves.
Ninth through 12th grade:
• Set an example. Let your kids see you reading for pleasure.
• Build on your teen’s interests. Look for books and articles that feature their favorite sports teams, rock stars, hobbies or TV shows.
• Share books, newspaper articles, poems, or other things you have read recently that they might enjoy.
Children who do not read over the summer break tend to lose literacy skills while children who do read during the summer improve their reading ability.  Parents are their children’s lifelong teachers, and daily reading helps children succeed.