Family Literacy DayOnce again Abebooks.com is supporting Canada’s Family Literacy Day on Friday 27 January. We’re celebrating books and authors that unite parents and children in reading and learning on Family Literacy Day – organized by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation. Whether you have a six-month-old baby or an energetic twelve-year-old, make sure your children don’t miss out on the wonderful world of books and reading. To get you started, we've got an inspiring interview with acclaimed children's author Robert Munsch!


The Abebooks’ A to Z of Family Literacy


'A' is for AA Milne – Generations of children have been introduced to reading by Milne’s timeless tales of Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

'B' is for Bedtime stories – Bedtime is book-time for many kids around the world so make sure reading to, or with, your child becomes part of your evening routine.

'C' is for CS Lewis – With the Chronicles of Narnia movie being shown at the theatres, put a copy of the The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in your child’s hand.

'D' is for Dr Seuss – There’s much more to Dr Seuss, otherwise known as Theodore Geisel, than Cat in the Hat. Try his debut book To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

'E' is for Early learning – It is never too early to place a book into a child’s hand. Babies love textured cloth books with colorful animal figures.

'F' is for Fairytales – From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty to Puss-in-Boots, these stories have been handed down through the centuries because they captivate children.

'G' is for Give books – Surely, books make the greatest birthday and Christmas gifts for any youngsters in your family.

'H' is for Harry PotterJK Rowling’s books about the boy wizard have been the biggest thing in publishing since 1996 for good reason.

'I' is for Imagination Don’t be scared to stretch your child’s imagination with subject matter stretching from space aliens to beanstalks and giants.

'J' is for James and the Giant Peach – But we’d recommend any Roald Dahl story as his stories put ordinary children into extraordinary situations.

'K' is for Keep books everywhere – In the car, the kitchen, the lounge and the bedroom so your child is never far from their next read.

'L' is for Libraries – Join your local library and let your children make their own selections.

'M' is for Max and RubyRosemary Wells and her ever-popular books about bunnies will entrance any pair of young siblings in any household.

'N' is for Nancy Drew – The teenaged sleuth has been tracking down villains for 75 years and new stories are still being published.

'O' is for (The) Owl and the Pussy-cat – ‘Went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat.’ Edward Lear’s poem has been a bedtime classic since 1871.

'P' is for Picture books – These colorful books are the ideal way to introduce toddlers to handling books.

'Q' is for Questions – Books and reading will put questions in your child’s head, so be prepared to explain why Cinderella’s step-sisters would not let her go the ball.

'R' is for Rhyme, rhythm and repetition –When you are reading to youngsters, rhyme, rhythm and repetition allow kids to join in as the story progresses. Try reading Dr Seuss’ Fox in Socks.

'S' is for Switch off the TV – Ask your kids to read a book instead.

'T' is for Treasure Island – Is Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of pirates the greatest children’s adventure novel ever written?

'U' is for Used books – If you are on a budget but your child has a huge appetite for reading, then secondhand books are a great option.

'V' is for (The) Very Hungry CaterpillarEric Carle’s classic has sold more than 65 million copies and is still the perfect picture book for toddlers.

'W' is for Words – They are everywhere. Aside from books, stimulate your child by reading cereal boxes, road signs, newspapers, magazines etc.

'X' is for Xercise the mind - Crossword puzzles, word jumbles and word searches are fun and easy ways for small children to think about words.

'Y' is for You – It’s up to you. Parents can inspire their children to read by reading to them, giving books as gifts and ensuring books are a key element of the family home.

'Z' is for Zero to hero – Watch your child grow to love words and reading with every book they open.

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