National Family Literacy Day

National Family Literacy Day

Friday, January 27


“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

– Emilie Buchwald

National Family Literacy Day is a day for families to recognize and celebrate the important role that reading and writing play in our lives. “It is important to set a positive example and demonstrate to children the meaningful uses of reading, writing, language and numeracy in accomplishing day-to-day tasks” (National Adult Literacy Database).

Examples of family literacy activities include:

  • writing a note to a child’s teacher
  • sharing a bedtime story
  • making shopping lists
  • helping a child with his/her homework
  • playing word games such as Scrabble
  • using a recipe, and
  • encouraging children to read with their grandparents, parents, siblings and friends

taken from National Adult Literacy Database at


Check out this website for activities, links to other websites that promote literacy, Owl magazine for kids (on-line), and on-line parents’ magazines.


“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Watch for community events to celebrate National Family Literacy Day.