This year I incorporated a reading log into my student's homework. I would check it twice a week, and give rewards, such as stickers, and placement on the "Wall of Fame." No matter how simple the concept, it worked well. The point I want to make is that the students in my classroom with the highest reading levels, believe it or not, were those who filled out numerous reading logs. Every day, they would have entries. They read at home. They read with someone. And as a result, their reading soared.
This project let me know quickly that parent involvement is key in reading. As a teacher, I can teach, read out loud daily, and encourage reading at home. However, parents make it happen. So this summer, encourage the children close to you to read. It really matters.