Sharing Atlantic Canadian history with young readers is a great idea year-round, but even more so today on Family Literacy Day. These books provide engaging glimpses into our storied past. There is everything from folktales and rhymes to stories of survival, triumph and new beginnings.
Here are some recent books that highlight Atlantic Canadian history:
A lilting Celtic folktale:
Wow Wow and Haw Haw by George Murray, illustrated by Michael Pittman
Inside an immigration landmark:
Pier 21: Stories from near and far by Anne Renaud
A kids-eye-view of an historic event:
Born! A Foal, Five Kittens and Confederation by Deirdre Kessler, illustrated by Brenda Jones
An adventurous and inspirational story:
Life Lines: The Lanier Phillips Story by Christine Welldon
An educational and entertaining Acadian alphabet:
ABC Acadie by Mary Alice Downie, illustrated by Anne LeBlanc
Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of 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. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.
For Family Literacy Day events and information visit ABC Life Literacy Canada.