Family Literacy Day

Since 1999, Family Literacy Day has taken place every year on January 27th. It's a day to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-building activities as a family. This year, Palliser Regional Library has partnered with a whole host of community organizations to bring you events, free resources, and giveaways to help your family build crucial literacy skills together!


Did you know?

  • Children spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school, so parents and caregivers need the tools to support their learning (The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease, 2006).
  • Children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests (The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions On Children’s Acquisition of Reading: From Kindergarten to Grade 3, Conducted by Monique Sénéchal for the National Center for Family Literacy, 2006)


Resources for Parents

Book Sharing: Learn how to read to your child in ways that will promote literacy skills, based on their age group. Handout from the Saskatchewan Literacy Network.

What do children learn when you read together?: Information handout from Decoda Literacy Solutions.



Early Family Literacy (under 6 years old)

Featured Book: Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal by Ruth Wellborn

Event: Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal Story Trails

  • Take a walk and read a story as you go! Story trails offer a free local activity for you and your family, and an opportunity to introduce children to the wonder and excitement of reading.
  • Story Trails Schedule (dates are subject to change):
Host Library Branch Dates
Assiniboia & District Public Library January 27 - January 31
Rouleau Public Library January 27 - February 3
Rockglen Public Library February 3
Holdfast Public Library February 3 - February 10
Coronach Public Library February 9 - February 16
Loreburn Public Library February 22 - February 26
Davidson Public Library January 27
Tugaske Public Library February 18 - February 25
Wood Mountain Public Library February 23 - March 2
Riverhurst Public Library March 2 - 9
Craik Public Library March 4
Bethune Public Library Coming Spring 2021
Briercrest Public Library Coming Spring 2021
Glentworth Public Library February 1, 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mankota Public Library February 9, 1:00PM - 5:00PM & February 10, 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Kincaid Public Library February 16, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Gravelbourg Public Library February 23, 9:30AM - 11:30AM, 12:00PM - 5:00PM & February 24, 1:30PM - 6:00PM

Family Literacy Day Story Trails have been kindly provided in partnership with

Event: Author Ruth Wellborn Reading Never Rub Noses With a Narwhal

  • Date: January 27th, 2021
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Location: Online, at
  • Visit the link above to see an invitation video from Ruth. If you have any questions for Ruth, you can ask her on the 27th, or email!

Learn: What is a Narwhal?

  • Learn all about narwhals from Gale in Context: Elementary. Have your library card handy!

Learn: Activity Page for Never Rub Noses With a Narwhal

  • Dig deeper into the content from Never Rub Noses With a Narwhal with this collection of activities! They will guide you through learning about geography, Inuit culture, and the northern habitat.

Activity: Alliterations with Ruth Wellborn

  • What is an alliteration? Learn all about alliterations and make your own family alliterations book!

Song: Northern Lights Song with Ruth Wellborn

  • Sing this Northern Lights Song, recommended by Ruth Wellborn!

Craft: Snow Goggles (Iqaak) with Ruth Wellborn

  • Make your own Iqaak (or snow goggles) to shield your eyes from the glare of the snow!

Craft: Make an Ookpik with Ruth Wellborn

  • An Ookpik is a traditional Inuit children's toy. Learn how to make your own with instructions from Ruth Wellborn!

Activity: Never Rub Noses With a Narwhal Sensory Bag

  • This activity promotes:
    • Sensory play (sight, sound, touch)
    • Vocabulary
    • Personal and social development
    • Emotional development
    • Fine motor skills

Craft: Never Rub Noses With a Narwhal Finger Painting

  • This craft promotes:
    • Fine motor skills
    • Letter recognition
    • Problem solving
    • New vocabulary
    • Sensory play

Activity: Never Rub Noses With a Narwhal Snow Shovel Dash

  • This activity promotes:
    • Fine motor skills
    • Gross motor skills
    • Problem solving
    • Turn taking
    • Personal and social development

Song: Arctic Animal Dance

  • Sing this fun song together about the animals you would find in the arctic!

Activity: Let's Make It! from Decoda Literacy Solutions



School Age Literacy (Grades 1-6)

2021 Theme: Travel the World Together

Event: Family Literacy Carnival

  • For 4 days, the Centre for Family Literacy in Edmonton will share an activity a day on YouTube, with the Carnival going live on Zoom on the 5th day.
  • Date: January 27 - 31
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Where: Online. Contact Donna Lemieux for more information.

Event: Clay Illustration with Author and Illustrator Barbara Reid

  • Date: January 27
  • Time: 4:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Where: Online. Register here.

Activity: Travel the World Together Activity Book

  • View and print the booklet here.

Activity: Fun with Maps!

  • View and print the handout here.

Activity: Activity Bookmarks

  • View and print a set of three bookmarks here.

Activity: Let's Make It! from Decoda Literacy Solutions


Literacy: More Than Just Reading!

Saskatchewan Physical Literacy: Learn why and how to engage your child in physical literacy boosting activities, with resources from all across Canada!

Recipe for an Active Day at Home: Free printable of at-home activity ideas from Active for Life.

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