Family Literacy Day is celebrated each January 27 in Canada, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to share some of our favourite Canadian authors for the preschool crowd. These are books that are a huge hit with our kids AND don’t make us parents cringe while reading! Be sure to add your picks in the comments – we could always use some new titles to read!
And the only thing that keeps our trio entertained on the road …
What are your favourite books to enjoy as a family? I’d love to see some suggestions in the comments!
I think as parents we all recognize that learning to read is important for our children. But I know sometimes parents can be worried about HOW to help kids learn to read. So here are my two easy, awesome ways to encourage reading with your children.
ONE: Establish a designated daily story time. A bedtime story is a simple way to introduce a routine – and feel free to start when your child is an infant, but don’t think you’ve missed the boat if they’re already in school. Make it happen! Find a kid-friendly chapter book to read together as a family, perhaps one with a movie tie-in that you can work towards watching together when you’re finished reading (say, Harry Potter or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Sit down with the paper each morning and read the headlines – or skip to the ‘today’s pet for adoption’ section. Maybe you have time to read a story while supper in cooking. The key is to set a consistent time when you and your child read together and stick to it.
TWO: Make sure your kids see you reading! This can be novels, but it can also be the newspaper, magazines, graphic novels, album lyrics – everything counts! Show them that reading is something you do on your own, not just with them. It helps send the message that reading is important, not just for learning, but as a lifelong skill – and that it’s not something to leave behind in childhood.
Happy Reading, Everyone!