Enjoying literacy activities together as a family is crucial to encouraging and developing reading and writing skills in your child. Whether it’s reading books together, playing word games, singing nursery rhymes, writing to a friend, or making a shopping list, family literacy can easily be achieved with desirable outcomes.  It has proven benefits in terms of a child’s reading abilities, and it’s a great way to have fun.

Family Literacy Day is on January 27. It was launched by ABC Life Literacy, an organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. Here’s ABC's 15 tips on family literacy. Also, check out our interview with former president of ABC Life Literacy Canada, Margaret Eaton.


TVOParents has celebrated Family Literacy Day over the past few years. We’ve had the chance to talk to great kids’ book authors like Robert Munsch, and great literacy experts like Maryanne Wolfe. Check them out, along with our other literacy resources.

  • A TVOParents exclusive! Kids' author Robert Munsch sang for us. Here him sing "Love You Forever".
  • Here's our full-length interview with Robert Munsch about Family Literacy.
  • We spoke with Maryanne Wolfe, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University. She talked about how reading isn't natural - it's a skill that must be learned.
  • Check out our page on Reading & Writing. It has all our articles and videos, and TVOkids games and shows, that can help your child.
  • This is a series of videos, translated in 9 different languages, for newcomer parents of preschoolers. The videos focus on a number of literacies - language, math, and science.
  • Take a look at all our  TVOParents Book Clubs. You'll find lots of great books to read together on a variety of topics, recommended by a panel of experts.