Family Literacy

One of the important aims of the Literacy Coalition is to  increase awareness of the importance of family literacy and provide family literacy support and information for families and program providers. We believe that  families have a profound and lasting influence on children’s literacy development and that it is never too early to begin sharing books with babies and encouraging their literacy learning. Family literacy practices encourage the development of lifelong readers and learners and help maintain the literacy levels of adults as they go about their daily lives.

Below are some helpful links to family and early childhood literacy resources. These resources contain book lists,  tips and ideas for encouraging family literacy in every day life and lots of fun activities for the whole family.

Outdoor Literacy

Writing and Drawing

Domestic Literacy


Let’s Learn! Booklet

Exploring Literacies Handbook

Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation

Videos on Supporting Early Literacy Development

These videos on were developed by the NB Public Library as part of their Every Child Ready to Read initiative. They show how parents can support their child’s early literacy development through Talking, Singing, Reading, Creating and Playing, everyday. Click the links below to watch their YouTube videos.

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Take Twenty Tip Sheet

This Take Twenty tip sheet invites families to take twenty minutes to make learning part of every day. Click on the picture below to see some great learning tips with wonderful illustrations by Barbara Reid!