The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
Summer reading is more than just a chance to plow through the novels of Jack London or Laura Ingalls Wilder.
For many children, it's a time to think, ponder and imagine in a setting far from the pressures of school or the distractions of extracurricular activities. Research has shown that summer reading is time well spent: Young people who read during the summers are less likely to forget the things they learn in school the year before and are more likely to strengthen skills they need for the next grade level. The problem is that not all children have books or time to read, and those from economically challenged backgrounds typically come back from summers less prepared than their privileged counterparts. Worse, they're often unable to catch up.