Family Literacy Day

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Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. ABC creates free learning and promotional resources for anyone that wants to get involved. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

Family Literacy Day 2022 Theme: Learning in the Great Outdoors

Spending time in nature provides many benefits, not just for bodies, but for minds too. This year, get outside and exercise both your mind and body together as a family. You can make outdoor time fun family learning time all while enjoying the wonders of Canada’s Great Outdoors!

Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid, award-winning Canadian author and illustrator, is the Honourary Chair of Family Literacy Day!

Read a Q&A with Barbara Reid.

Family Literacy Day 2021 Resources

Family Literacy Day 2021 Resources

20 tips for Family Literacy Day

Download and share these resources at your Family Literacy Day 2020 event.

Barbara Reid Tips sheet:  English  French
Poster (fillable):  English  French
Activity Sheet:  English  French
Activity Book: English  French
Bookmarks:  English  French
Event Coordinator’s Guide:  English  French
Social Media Guide: English

Family Literacy in Canada

  • Children spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school, so parents and caregivers need the tools to support their learning (The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease, 2006).
  • Children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests (The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions On Children’s Acquisition of Reading: From Kindergarten to Grade 3, Conducted by Monique Sénéchal for the National Center for Family Literacy, 2006)
  • One year of parental education has a bigger positive impact on whether a son or daughter will attend a postsecondary institution than an extra $50,000 in parental income (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2011)
  • A mother’s reading skill is the greatest factor to affect her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, like neighborhood and family income (National Institute of Health, 2010).

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“This was our first time participating in Family Literacy Day and we really enjoyed it.” – Participant

“Just keep the school-friendly resources coming. You are doing valuable work.” – Participant

“Your organization is doing a great job! Now more than ever, with the constant intrusion of texts and email in our lives distracting us from what’s in front of us, taking 20 is pressing a very important message!” – Participant

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