Parents are told to combat the “summer slide” in their kids — the concept that, after nearly 3 months of vacation, the past year’s schooling will be forgotten.

Enter books! Libraries and independent bookstores are here to save your children this season. This week on Coffee Break with EBYR, Ahna and Katherine share programs your kids can join this summer as well as tips for designing your own custom summer reading program (you know, in case you’re an adult but still want to reward yourself for reading).

You can click to join programs at Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library, Schuler Books, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Scholastic (all mentioned in our episode).

What’s YOUR summer reading plan?