15 Minutes of Fun During this Year’s Family Literacy Day

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When families engage in educational activities together, a culture of lifelong learning is formed. That’s why the team at ABC Life Literacy Canada created Family Literacy Day as an opportunity to encourage teachable moments outside of the classroom. This year’s theme is “15 Minutes of Fun”. Check out their website for some great family ideas.

Although the official date for Family Literacy Day is January 27th, educational events are being hosted all month by literacy organizations, schools, bookstores and libraries.

To get some inspiration on the topic, we consulted our friends at Mabel’s Fables Bookstore to get their recommendations.

With the expert assistance of General Manager, Melissa Bourdon-King, whose book picks have been featured on CBC, and in the National Post, Toronto Star and Maclean’s, we’ve gathered some great book ideas that highlight family literacy:


“The Snatchabook” by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty (ages 3-6)

A wonderfully fun rhyming story about a little creature, who steals books from the other animals in the forest because he has no one to read to him.  This lovely tale discusses the importance of friendship, and the value of having stories read to you.


“Poems to Learn by Heart” by Caroline Kennedy, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (ages 5-9)

A beautiful poetry collection that inspires a love of language. Browsing the stunning pictures that illustrate each poem makes for a wonderful family journey.


“Legends, Icons & Rebels” by Robbie Roberston, Sebastian Robertson, Jared Levine and Jim Guerinot (ages 9+)

A beginner’s guide to musical literacy, this multifaceted book highlights some of the most important musical icons of the 20th century, with a full colour portrait of each one, a brief background of their significance, and a short discography listing their most important/beloved songs. Two CDs are included in the back of the book, sparking a lifetime love for great music.

In celebration of Family Literacy Day, Mabel’s Fables, along with co-sponsor HarperCollins, is hosting a unique event and story reading.  HarperCollins, “The Gruffalo” is marking 15 years of publication, which will be celebrated with a special guest appearance by the Gruffalo himself!   Not to be missed, head to 662 Mount Pleasant Road on Saturday January 25th from 10:30-11:30m (ages 3+).  Don’t forget to RSVP to this literacy party as space is limited.

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Joanne Sallay

Joanne Sallay is a Director at Teachers on Call – a personalized home tutoring service with more than 25 years of experience.  Teachers on Call’s Ontario Certified Teachers specialize in providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades including French Immersion tutoring.

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