Family Literacy Day is January 27

Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, was developed by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and Honda Canada in 1999 to encourage families to read and learn together on a daily basis. Thousands of Canadians take part in this initiative every year by hosting FLD parties or participating in literacy activities in schools, libraries and literacy organizations across the country. Check out some events happening across BC here.

This year’s theme is “Play for Literacy”. Canadians are invited to get together with friends and family, and play. Play for Literacy includes all types of play that encourages literacy and numeracy development as well as comprehension skills. Activities including board games, card games and imaginative self-created games are all a fun way to incorporate learning into your everyday life. Read our “9 Essential Skills of Play” for more information on how games build your skills.

At your PLay for Literacy party, please consider collecting donations for Literacy BC, to help us promote and support literacy throughout the province.

Family Literacy Day Resources

  • Family Literacy Day Press Release
  • Literacy BC’s Family Literacy Day Wordsearch
  • The 9 Essential Skills of Play

Literacy BC and Family Literacy

Reading, writing, arithmetic and problem solving are the basic tools that allow people to learn, grow and contribute to society. We begin developing these skills in childhood and continue learning throughout our lives. That is why family literacy—paying attention to the skills of all family members, not just children—is so important.

Parents and caregivers are children’s first and most important teachers. Thirty percent of BC’s children do not have the skills they need to succeed when they start school. To help children learn basic skills, we must start with families. It is true that children benefit when adults read with them and support their learning. But what of adults who struggle to read? Forty percent of British Columbians do not have the literacy skills to fully participate and succeed in today’s knowledge-based economy. Fourteen percent of British Columbians struggle with basic text.
Unless we help parents as well as children develop their skills, struggles with learning will continue from generation to generation. Literacy BC supports adult learning by referring learners to literacy programs, funding adult learners, offering professional development and resources to literacy practitioners, and raising awareness of literacy issues. We are a partner in the innovative Family Literacy Certificate offered through Vancouver Community College. We build partnerships with government, education boards, Literacy Now communities, and the many champions of family literacy in the private sector.

For more information about family literacy contact Literacy BC at 1-888-READ-234.

Literacy BC and Postmedia Raise-A-Reader

Since 1997, Postmedia Raise-a-Reader campaign has raised over $4.5 million for literacy in BC. In 2007, Literacy BC received $125,000 from the fund to distribute to 60 family literacy programs across the province that support the learning of thousands of parents and their children. To learn more about the Raise-A-Reader program, visit

How You Can Help:

  • Read with your children
  • Participate in your local family literacy program (Find programs using the BC Literacy Database)
  • Volunteer for your local family literacy program
  • Ask your elected representative what he or she is doing to support and develop family literacy
  • Donate to Literacy BC to support family literacy
  • Become a member of Literacy BC

The Family Stories Project

People learn better when they practice their skills in contexts and on tasks that are meaningful in their lives. In 2007, at selected learning centres throughout the province, Literacy BC teamed up with Word on the Street to distribute journals that learners used to record and share their family stories.