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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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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: EXTRA YARN

It looks like an ordinary box of ordinary yarn.
But it turns out it isn’t.

Story by Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH

Bear meets sandwich, adventure ensues. . . . An irresistible treat of a story!

Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: DRAGONS LOVE TACOS

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

Story by Adam Rubin

Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: THE BLUR

From the very beginning, there was something different about this child… An ultrasonic voice. Fantastically elastic limbs. Super-magnetic powers. But it wasn’t until the child took her first steps that she became: THE BLUR!

Story by Minh Lê

Illustrated by Dan Santat


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: STICKING WITH YOU

A gorgeously warm, funny book about everything a friendship can be – for anyone who’s ever had a friend.​

Wherever you’re going, I’m going too.
Whatever you’re doing, I’m sticking with you.

It’s wonderful to have good friends to see you through the good times and the bad. But sometimes, friends can also be a bit . . .
well . . . overbearing.

Story by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Illustrated by Steve Small


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Family Reading Club

We’re BACK in 2023! Join the Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club for stories, songs, craft time and parent resources to engage you and your child with fun interactive stories.

Registration

You can register for all Sunday sessions or just pick one or two. You will receive a Zoom link for the session/s after you register. FREE for all families!

Be sure to register early to save a spot and to get a Gummy Bear activity package delivered to your home. Check back soon for the list of featured books and weekly activities.

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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

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READING CLUB BOOKS AND ACTIVITIES 2023

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IN MY HEART
IF ALL THE ANIMALSLOUISE LOVES ART

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As part of this year’s Move into Literacy project and in honour of Children’s Book Day, The Learning Exchange is holding an exciting FREE virtual event on Sunday, April 2, 2023 10:30-11:15 a.m. with author and illustrator Barbara Reid!

FEATURED STORY: I LOVE YOU MORE

❤️ New since February 2022! I LOVE YOU MORE by Emil Sher, illustrated by Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid is a picture book illustrator and author whose award winning artwork is created with plasticine. Barbara will read from her story I Love You More and do a clay art demonstration. Space is limited! Register today. SUGGESTION: For the session have some assorted colours of clay and a paper plate to follow the demonstration. A package of coloured clay can be purchased at your local Dollar Store for a few dollars.

BARBARA: AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR

Barbara Reid Website

About Barbara

Barbara’s Books

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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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