SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) – It's easy to forget reading skills once summer vacation hits, but picking up a book is only one of many ways to keep your child sharp heading into a new school year.

"Kids who read at home tend to do better in school," said Sherman Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Susan Whitenack. 

Maintaining what students learn in the classroom takes more than just being a bookworm.

"Reading signs on the highway is a way to build fluency because they go by quickly, so you have to keep reading," Whitenack said. 

Sometimes, it doesn't have to be hard work. Pull out some board games and let your kids' creativity flow.

"Reading is a bigger thing than just looking at words. So we want to make sure that kids in the summer have time to do a lot of things,” Whitenack said. “Turn your phones off, have conversations. Play games. If you play games and read directions, change the games and make new directions, write new directions out."

If you are looking for some hardcovers or paperbacks, the library is the place to be.

"If you sign up now, you can even backlog if you can guesstimate how many minutes is how many books you've read with your child starting back on June 1," Sherman’s Youth Librarian Cassie Wickline said.

Since it's still summer vacation after all, let the kids have a little say in what they take home.

"We're trying to do the best we can to help the kids read. And not only read but actually enjoy reading," Wickline said.