Family Literacy

Family literacy programs focus on parents as the means to improve the reading and writing skills of all family members. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities, parents are actively keeping their own skills sharp while at the same time strengthening the relationship between the family which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning.

Read the family literacy fact sheet.

Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
January 27, 2019 is the 20th Anniversary of Family Literacy Day!

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.

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

Download the Take 20 activities with modelling clay illustration by Barbara Reid: English Français

Read a Q&A with Barbara Reid

Hear from Barbara Reid, Honourary Chair of Family Literacy Day.

Activity Ideas
ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to "Take 20."
Want to promote Family Literacy Day at home or in your workplace? These great resources are available for download to help you get the word out!
Media Resources
Welcome to the Family Literacy Day media room where you can access backgrounders and press releases.
View Family Literacy Day PSA videos
Check out events happening near you!
HSBC Family Literacy First
A free program to bring parents and children together to practice family literacy.
Family Literacy Fun
Literacy = Lifelong Learning. Try these engaging activities with your children to help the entire family learn and grow together!

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