Family Literacy Day is observed each year on January 27.
Spearheaded by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, Family Literacy Day® provides time for Canadians to come together in their homes and in their communities to participate in literacy-building activities. It’s also a good opportunity for family members to have fun.
Family literacy development occurs in everyday life when parents, children, friends and extended family members use their literacy skills collectively in various actions and activities.
As the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) states in its Literacy and Families Fact Sheet, it is important to set a positive example and to demonstrate to children the meaningful uses of reading, writing, language and numeracy in accomplishing day-to-day tasks.
"If literacy has a valued place in the home, both children and adults are more likely to adopt and maintain good literacy habits."
Examples of family literacy activities include:
Activities such as these form the foundation for an intergenerational transfer of knowledge.
Since 1996, NALD has been providing its users with the opportunity to promote their literacy activities in the NALD events section. NALD invites you to submit your events for Family Literacy Day.
ABC Life Literacy Canada. (2010). Family Literacy Day 2011: Play With Your Literacy Skills! 2010.
ABC Life Literacy Canada. (2010) Family Literacy Day 2011: Have fun with words!
ABC Life Literacy Canada. (2010) Family Literacy Day 2011: Event Planning Guide.
Acosta, Joan. (2009) Families.
Boucher, Julie, and Michèle O'Connell. (2008) Let's sing together.
Carle, Eric, and NWT Literacy Council. (2009) The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Department of Education, Home and School Federation of PEI, La Fédération des parents de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, PEI Literacy Alliance, and Provincial Library Service. (2006) How to Help Your Child Learn to Read and Love Reading.
Eaton, Sarah Elaine. 2010) 27 Ways to Celebrate Family Literacy Day. www.nald.ca/library/learning/eaton/27ways/27ways.pdf
Gardypie, Roger. (2010) Sharing Aboriginal Stories: Eagle Feathers.
Jaipaul, S. Celia.(2007) Playing With Words - Any Child Can.
Mike, Nikki. (2010)Sharing Aboriginal Stories: Aboriginal Moccasins.
Mulders, Donna, and Jill Vaydik. 1-2-3 Rhyme with Me - Facilitator’s Manual 2010.
Nonesuch, Kate. (2009) Family Math Groups 2009.
Kate Nonesuch. (2008) Family Math Fun!
NWT Literacy Council. (2010) 1-2-3 Rhyme with Me: Rhyme and Song Booklet.
NWT Literacy Council. (2010) Let's Play and Learn 2010.
NWT Literacy Council. (2009) Family Tutoring.
Saskatchewan Literacy Network. (2008) What Really Matters in Family Literacy?
Sauvé, Lorri. (2008) Get Set Learn - Everything You Need to Run a Family Literacy Program.
Sauvé, Lorri. (2008) Get Set Learn Parent Book.