Family Literacy Day is on Jan. 27



By Tammy Schneider


This year marks the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day in Canada.


The day is a national initiative meant to increase awareness around the benefits of reading for all ages. Activities can include reading together or alone, singing, games, writing or using the internet. Benefits for children include improved language and vocabulary skills and better comprehension, which can all lead to increased success in school.


According to, 48 per cent of Canadian adults have low literacy skills. This has an adverse effect on their personal lives, as well as their job opportunities and prospects for promotion. Seventeen per cent of adults can’t read well enough to understand instructions on a prescription medicine bottle.


Parents who read and encourage reading will raise children who read. Reading with a parent is a favourite activity for many children, creating a bond between parents and children, as well as reinforcing reading skills.


The honourary chair of Family Literacy Day is Barbara Reid, a Canadian children’s author and illustrator who works with plasticine. Her awards include the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and she has been appointed to the Order of Canada.


Locally, the Kincardine branch of the public library has partnered with EarlyON and will host a special Story Journey on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.