Friday, January 8, 2010

Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27th, was developed by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation in 1999 to encourage families to make reading and learning together part of their daily lives. Thousands of Canadians take part in this initiative every year by hosting FLD parties or participating in literacy activities in schools, libraries and literacy organizations across the country.

Reading, writing, playing a game, following a recipe, or even singing a song can help sharpen literacy skills in adults and kids alike, to say nothing of the fun you'll have together!

As it happens, a new mom I know recently asked me to recommend some books for her daughter. Here are some of our family's favorites, for new readers on up to the Kindergarten set and beyond. What better time to stock the shelves? Visit your local bookseller or library to get ready for Family Literacy Day 2010 and a new year of story time at your house! Happy reading!

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill
The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems
Shrek by William Steig
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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