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Family Literacy Day

Posted on: January 26, 2013

A fellow Canadian writer and blogger friend of mine, Laura Best,  has posted an article on Family Literacy Day which I am reblogging.  She has suggested books that would make an enjoyable read and included Amanda in England-The  Missing Novel!

It’s That Time Again, by Laura Best

No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.”

– Los Angeles Times, “A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area”

Family Literacy Day here in Canada is on January 27th. It’s a day set aside to remind us all about the importance of literacy, and to help promote reading. It’s a time for family, and reading, and anything regarding the written word. You can find out more about Family Literacy Day by checking out the ABC Life Literacy  Canada Site.

In honour of Family Literacy Day I thought it would be fun to give a shout-out to some great Canadian books enjoyable to those of us who are young at heart.

To read more:


I would suggest checking out all of the books listed as well as Laura’s Bitter, Sweet

Bitter, Sweet

Pru Burbidge lives a simple life on the family homestead on Dalhousie Road in 1940s rural Nova Scotia, until her father abandons the family and her mother falls ill. Her life is turned upside-down by these events, and she is forced to take on the role of primary caregiver to her siblings, Jessie, Flora, and Davey. Things go from bad to worse when Pru’s mother dies, leaving Pru and Jessie, her older brother, to care for the family in secret so they are not separated and sent away to foster homes, or worse, the orphan house. Pru and Jessie do everything they can to hide the fact that their mother has passed away and keep the family together, but their situation becomes increasingly dire as their money and food supplies begin to run out and their neighbours start getting suspicious. When the situation comes to a head and they are on the verge of being found out, Pru and her siblings must work together to save their family from being torn apart.
How about reading together as a family on Family Literacy Day!


6 Responses to "Family Literacy Day"

Family Literacy Day–what a wonderful custom! Thanks for sharing, Darlene!

It is a great custom. Wonderful to encourage families to read together.

Family Literacy Day needs to be a world-wide event. Bitter, Sweet sounds like a good book.
Blessings ~ Maxi

I enjoyed Bitter, Sweet very much. Anyone can join in Family Literacy Day. Hugs, Darlene

Well thanks for sending my shout-out back at me, Darlene. 🙂 Family Literacy Day always makes me happy. So glad it’s in January. I think we pay more attention that way, don’t you?

January is a perfect time for FLD. What better activity on a cold winter day than reading with family. Thanks for bringing this special day to everyone’s attention.

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