The ability to read is no doubt one of the most important factors in academic success. Family Literacy Day, established by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, celebrates the act of reading by encouraging families to engage in literacy-related activities. Again this year, the Ontario Science Centre will host Family Literacy Day on Sunday, January 26, 2014 featuring an outstanding line-up of special guest authors, performances and activities. Kara Harun, host of TVOKids’ The Space, will be the emcee for the event.
New research done at the University of London’s Institute of Education (IOE) found that children who read for pleasure outperform their peers in spelling, vocabulary and math. The study also determined that children who receive bedtime stories perform better than children who do not. For teens, the influence of books was found to be more important than the advantage of having a parent with a degree.
Family Literacy Day is held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
This year’s guest authors at the Ontario Science Centre’s Family Literacy Day event include:
- Helaine Becker (Ode to Underwear, The Quiz Book for Spies)
- Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony, All That Matters)
- Lesley Livingston (Descendant, Wondrous Strange trilogy)
- Ruth Ohi (Fox and Squirrel, Kenta and the Big Wave)
- Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing series, This Dark Endeavour, Airborn)
- Andrew Pyper (The Demonologist, The Killing Circle, Lost Girls)
- Dan Riskin (Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You)
- Patricia Storms (Never Let You Go, Good Granny/Bad Granny)
- Kevin Sylvester (Neil Flambe series, Game Day: The People Who Make Sports Happen)
- Mascots Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Geronimo Stilton and Gruffalo
Honorary Chair Robert Munsch (Paper Bag Princess, Love You Forever) will be making an appearance at the event.
Family Literacy Day, which is January 27 every year, endeavours to raise awareness about the importance of learning together as a family. Reading with your child will not only help improve their literacy skills; it will also improve parents’ reading skills.