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Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Here are some stories related to the theme of the story I’m Sticking with You.

Chester’s WayCapybara is Friends
With Everyone
Be Kind
Stick and Stone Best
Friends Forever
The Rainbow FishFriends – Early Reader

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#FamilyLiteracyDay takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative.

Enjoy the stories, resources and activity ideas from popular posts from our website!

FAMILY LITERACY ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

TLE’S FAMILY LITERACY SERIESLEARNING IN THE OUTDOORSWINTER STORIES
STORIES TO GROW BYFAMILY ACTIVITIESSTORYLINE ONLINE
HSBC FAMILY LITERACY FIRSTFREE CHILDREN’S STORIESFREE BINGO CARDS

READING CLUB BOOKS AND ACTIVITIES 2023

GUMMY BEAR READING CLUBTERRIFIC!BE YOU!
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IN MY HEART
IF ALL THE ANIMALSLOUISE LOVES ART

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Try this fun Family Literacy idea to countdown the days to Christmas!

With a Christmas book countdown to Christmas calendar, instead of a piece of candy or chocolate, your child opens a Christmas picture book every day. What a great way to count the days to the holidays!!

What you need:

So how many books will you need? If you want to start your calendar December 1st you will need to decide if you countdown to Christmas Eve or Christmas day. That’s 24 or 25 books total. You can borrow storybooks from the library, gather favourite stories from around the house or from friends and family, and maybe add a few new titles.

Wrap Your Books

Wrap enough Christmas and winter-themed books for every day of your calendar and add a numbered tag to each one. Next, unwrap books daily as a family event and have fun reading! The “togetherness” is part of the joy of this engaging holiday activity. *Tip: Rewrap after the holidays for your next countdown to Christmas!

Use Your Imagination

Here’s a chance to be creative and start your family tradition!

  • Stack your books from largest to smallest to create the shape of a Christmas tree.
  • Stack your books to resemble a snowman
  • Put all of the books in a basket or pail
  • Display the books on the mantle place
  • Hide your books each day for a fun twist

Other Holiday Book Traditions You Can Start

  • Start a “12 Days of Christmas” tradition with a different theme for each day. Have books to read, crafts to create, and movies or special foods to enjoy.
  • Keep a basket of Christmas and winter-themed books under the tree to read aloud during the holiday season.
  • Use a mixture of books and movies to create your countdown calendar!
  • Go outdoors to read your books about snow.
  • Wrap a new book for each child to put on their beds after they fall asleep on Christmas Eve. 
  • Keep a collection of Christmas books that stay in a special basket during Advent.


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Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information. Here is vocabulary related to theme of family and home for the story The Mystery Bottle.

Family MembersFamily Tree for KidsHouse Vocabulary – Learning the Parts of the Home for Kids



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Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Here are some stories related to the theme of the story The Mystery Bottle.

The Kissing HandNo Mirrors in My Nana’s HouseAll Kinds of Families
Little Critter
This is My Family
My GrandpaGrandma

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There are three simple ways to share books throughout the year!

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Celebrate the love of reading by giving someone a new, used or borrowed book. Books make GREAT gifts!

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where people are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to people and kids especially, so choose a fun book.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local literacy council, second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.


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The Learning Exchange Storytime Readers, Enza and Vidya, are visiting daycares in the Laval area starting May 30th to have an interactive “Under the Sea” themed reading and Rainbow Fish sing-along with the children. Students of Souvenir Elementary School will have interactive reading visits featuring stories geared to each grade level.

Thanks to project funding from #RLPRE and book donations from #FirstBookCanada, each child will receive family literacy information to bring home to the family and a new Scholastic or First Book Canada book.

As well, we have 200 Kindergarten Kits made up of books, wonderful resources and materials for families with children starting Kindergarten in September 2022.

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