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Resources for Parents

by Centre for Family Literacy

Early interactions with your children, like sharing books, talking, singing, or playing, help lay the foundation for early language and literacy – essential skills for success.

Parents will find specially tailored and curated activities ranging from reading, recipes, rhymes and games specifically designed to build strong reading, writing and literacy skills in their child, and have FUN doing it!

Flit, A Family Literacy App


Android and iOS: Flit, A Family Literacy App


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TLE is happy to share this French resource for reading with children:

Share the many pleasures of reading with your children and friends, at home or anywhere you happen to be!

Reading is a great way to have fun and share memorable moments as a family. Reading is also handy for writing someone, enjoying word games and board games, and even some video games.

You can find ways of having fun with reading along with suggestions of books for children of all ages here: www.lirecasevit.com/jouer

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February 14th is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday

6 Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day!

~ by bookgivingday.com

  1. Subscribe to our website, join over 11,000 already committed to #bookgivingday.
  2. Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity. Click here for plenty of inspiration!
  3. Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter. #bookgivingday
  4. Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookmark to attach to a book you give to a kid. They’re free!
  5. Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day, use #bookgivingday on social media so we can find you.
  6. Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Proudly display the #bookgivingday poster.

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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 a child a new, used or borrowed book.

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where kids 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 kids, 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 second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.”

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[WURD] Up is a FREE community literacy series developed to support youth and their families from Laval Senior Academy (LSA) and Laval Junior Academy (LJA) as well as the greater English-speaking community of Laval. Evenings are designed to explore and promote literacy skills.

Next event:

Theme: Cultural Literacy – Black History Month

Join us for an inspiring evening with writer, performer and Laval Senior Academy alumna Deanna Smith as we celebrate the launch of the Ile Ife Africana Studies Collection (IIASC). 

This project has been established by Deanna Smith in coordination with LSA’s Community Learning Centre with the purpose of providing young people with expanded resources related to the history and cultures of the African Diaspora.

Focus: Launch of the Ile-Ifé Africana Studies Collection (IIASC) coordinated in conjunction with Black History Month 

Date: Thursday, February 20th

Time: 18h30 – 20h30 (presentation at 19h)

Place: Library – Laval Senior Academy at 3200 Souvenir O., Laval H7V1W9


Special Guest SpeakerDeanna Smith

In partnership with writer, performer and Laval Senior Academy alumna Deanna Smith, this collection has been created with the purpose of providing young people with broad resources linked to the history and cultures of the African diaspora.

Activities: for families with young children (8 years and under):

  • Join The Learning Exchange (TLE) for cultural stories and art activities
  • Free books
  • Writing kits for all children

Food: A selection of cultural appetizers dishes

Door Prizes: Select books from the 2019-2020 collection

Community Partners:

  • Bibliothèque Multiculturelle de Laval
  • The Learning Exchange

THE LEARNING EXCHANGE activities are funded by regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative as part of the Wonderful World of Stories project

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Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Storyline App Storyline Online Main PageOnline Stories: Search by Author, Reader or Title

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Children and their families can listen to a story by phone any time of day by calling the Toronto Public Library’s Dial-A-Story service at 416-395-5400*.

There are stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12).

Dial-a-Story is available in 16 languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Cantonese
  • Gujarati
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu

*This is a free service BUT it is a Toronto, Canada number. Please be sure you have free Canada calling on your phone plan or charges may apply.

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It’s Storytime in the Laval community!
Storytime events take place in the evenings making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers. Participants are also encouraged to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat is always on hand to greet and interact with the families!

There are lots of fun stations to visit:

  • Making a bookmark
  • Interactive stories in the reading tent
  • Word and alphabet puzzles
  • Exchange-a-Book
  • Story Wall drawings
  • Pick-a-Book
  • For parents: Creating a Writing Kit | Two kits are given via raffle

Past visits:

Hillcrest Academy

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Twin Oaks Elementary

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Souvenir Elementary

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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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It is that time of year when some children want to write that important letter to “you know who” in the North Pole! Other children may wish to write invitations, thank you notes and messages to friends and family.

Read, Write, Think’s Letter Generator is a great way to help children write a basic friendly letter or even a business letter. Try it out together!

Reading Rockets has some resources to help parents introduce their children to writing letters.

Whatever the reason for writing, letter writing is an essential skill, so what better time of the year than this to make it a part of your family literacy activities to do together.

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