Monday, 27 January 2014

Family Literacy Day!

Today is Family Literacy Day in Canada!  Being a teacher and parent, I know just how important literacy skills are!  I love reading, but that wasn’t always the case!  I went through a period of time where I hated to read and pretty much refused to read!  What you, my lovely readers do not know is that I am dyslexic! Which may or may not have contributed to my refusal to read! 

I have since learned to deal with my learning disability, but as many of you probably noticed, I am not the greatest writer! And I sometime have a total disregard to proper sentence structure and proper spelling, I apologize for that!  I just write what I want to share as I am thinking it!

My dyslexia and my love for reading lead me to read to my daughter from the day she was born!  Everyday we would read at least one story and today at 19 months we read a minimum of THREE books just before bed!  She absolutely loves books!  Books are also her “toys”, we have books in every room of the house and she will pick one up and go through it or bring it to me to read.  My daughter has so many books that my husband (jokingly) threaten me not to buy anymore!  

My favourite book to read to Mia is Beautiful Oops by author Barney Saltzberg.  Beautiful Oops, a great book that teaches children that life is full of possibilities and that making mistakes can lead to the start of something amazing.  It teaches kids to work with their mistakes and turn them into something positive.  A mistake is not always a bad thing!  

The book is colourful, engaging and embedded with a great message.  I love that it encourages children to think creatively.  The  beautiful illustrations and interactive pages allow for children to physically get involved in reading the story.  I highly recommend Beautiful Oops for children of all ages, and I think it might be one of my own favourite books too! 

Remember to pick up a book today and get reading with your family! 

What is 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.

Each year, thousands of events coordinated by literacy providers, schools, libraries and community organizations take place across the country. These activities range from fundraisers, book drives and children's reading circles, to literacy-themed contests and family games nights. 
More than 1.5 million Canadians have already participated in the initiative since its debut.

In 2014, Family Literacy Day will celebrate its 16th year, and families will be encouraged to take "15 minutes of Fun" to learn together. Learning can happen at any time. Taking time every day to read or learn as a family is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically.

For more information on Family Literacy Day, visit

What is ABC Life Literacy Canada?

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills necessary to live a fully engaged life. For the latest news and information on adult literacy please visit

Happy Reading!

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