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Family Literacy

Family Literacy day 2022
family literacy day 2022

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development and improves literacy skills.

Family Literacy Day 2022 |

Family Literacy Day raises awareness about the importance of reading and learning together as a family. Download free resources from to get involved.

Virtual Author Event: Bridget George

Thursday, January 27, 2022

9:30 - 10AM

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with award-winning Anishinaabe author-illustrator Bridget George. It's a Mitig! is a joyful picture book celebration of nature, language and culture. Register online (see below) or by phone at 519 661-4600. The Zoom link will be sent to participants one day before the start of the program.

Have questions for Bridget? Send them to us ahead of the program using the email address in the registration link.

Register in the Catalogue

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It's a Mitig! by Anishinaabe author-illustrator Bridget George, is a superbly designed picture book that is a joyful celebration of nature, culture and language. Riddle-like sentences offer a fun guessing game, as well as provide an introduction to 13 Anishinaabemowin words: “Some critters throw acorns, - watch out below!/ Climbing a tree, it’s an ajibdamoo!” Colourful, spirited illustrations reveal a frisky, bushy-tailed squirrel perched high on a tree branch. Perfect for reading aloud, the rhyming narrative structure also seamlessly affords pronunciation clues. As informative as it is entertaining, back matter includes an illustrated Ojibwe-to-English glossary and a guide to the double-vowel pronunciation system.

View the book in the Catalogue

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Learn more about the book from Bridget George

Written in a rhyming combination of Ojibwe and English, It's a Mitig! guides readers through nature, introducing them to the Ojibwe language along the way. Take a peak at Bridget George's illustration process and a pronunciation guide on her website.

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Virtual Author Event: Emil Sher Ages 4 - 10

Friday, February 11, 2022

9:30 - 10AM

Award-winning author Emil Sher’s creative word play and acclaimed illustrator Barbara Reid’s vibrant modelling clay art are a perfect match in I Love You More. Join Emil Sher as he shares his new picture book and offers creative ways to say “I love you”. Learn about Barbara Reid’s art process and play a fun, interactive game. Prizes to be won! Register online (see below) or by phone at (519) 661-4600. Zoom links and passwords will be sent to registered participants the day before the program.

Register in the Catalogue

The poetic wordplay of award-winning playwright and author Emil Sher, paired with the dazzling modelling clay artwork of Barbara Reid, are a perfect match in I Love You More. Inspired by a game Sher played with his now-grown daughters, this swoon-worthy picture book offers lovely ways to say you care: “I love you more than erasers love mistakes”; “I love you more than syrup loves pancakes.” Detailed scenes follow a young boy as he makes his way through a busy day in his vibrant, downtown neighbourhood. Small moments of kindness, connection and continuity can be found throughout, from a door held open, to a sweet note tucked inside a lunch box. An author’s note includes an irresistible invitation to join in the word game: “All you need is a few words, and a lot of love.” A swoon-worthy classic.

View the book in the Catalogue

Enjoy the Outdoors Reading List

It is always a good time to enjoy what nature has to offer. Check out these books that will inspire you to get outside and exercise both your mind and body together as a family.

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Family Literacy Day Discovery Bags are available at many locations starting on January 27, while quantities last.

Click on the links below to see the activity sheet PDF

All Week
Read Across Canada Jr.

Earn a special Family Literacy Day badge in our Beanstack Online Reading Challenge

Dual-Language storytime videos
Pick Up a Family Literacy Day activity sheets from the entrance of any London Public Library branch during regular hours.
Activity Book EN Barbara Reid Tipsheet EN Bookmarks - 3UP EN Feuille D'Activité FR Fiche de Conseils Barbara Reid FR Signet - 3UP FR
Tuesday, Jan 26
Storytime on Facebook Live


Wednesday, Jan 27
Family Trivia quiz on Kahoot!

The link will be provided on our LPL Families Facebook Page

Thursday, Jan 28
Books for Babies on Instagram Live


Friday, Jan 29
Storytime on Facebook Live