JAN Family Literacy Day
Family Literacy Day is an annual initiative that encourages reading as a family. The theme of 2023 is ‘Celebrate Your Heritage’ and
Our Children magazine has rounded up a list of books that will help you engage your whole family in reading and literacy-related activities. We hope this fosters open conversations and provides parents with the tools needed to ensure literacy while making sure values of heritage are at the core of your child’s worldview.
Every bibliophile can remember the first time they fell in love with the printed word; the first time they glimpsed the Green Gables, met the inhabitants of Narnia, or discovered where the wild things really are. But how do you pass that love on to your children? Competition for kids’ attention is fiercer than ever, but if you take care, you can raise them to love books and open worlds of opportunities for themselves. Pamela Paul oversees all book coverage at the New York Times and Maria Russo is the newspaper’s children’s books editor, so they bring a refreshingly unacademic approach to subject offering practical tips from their experience on the front lines of kids’ lit. This book is a particularly handy reference for new parents. (Trevor J. Adams)
A generation ago, Eva’s story would have been almost unheard of, but it’s becoming a more common one. From an orphanage in Guongdong, China, she made a 13,000-kilometre journey to her new home: a fishing village on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Jammed with family photos, Eva and Me is a deeply personal story by Eva and her new father, sharing her journey. They explore how John and his wife came to discover Eva in a Dickensian Chinese orphanage, the emergence of her vibrant personality, as she settled into a new life, and her experiences growing up as a Canadian child and discovering her identity. Now 12 years old, Eva shares her story with grace and maturity—this is like getting to read a family’s personal journal.
From the author of the best-selling 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia comes an expanded East Coast version just for kids. Focusing on all the Atlantic Canadian provinces, Sawler has collected 100 wacky, fun, and interesting facts that are sure to please the most curious of minds. Sawler also includes helpful explanations for historical terms or other words kids may not be familiar with. Filled with photos and interactive sidebars, this entertaining and educational book is a must-read for kids. (Kelsey Berg)
Young Abigail’s excitement is infectious. The 10-year-old has moved to her strange new Nova Scotian home. She’s exploring the countryside, meeting new friends, settling into a new house. But this isn’t a typical kid-learns-not-to-fear-change book: the setting is colonial Nova Scotia, after the American Revolutionary War has ended. The migration will see some 3,000 people move to the province. Abigail and her family settle in Birchtown. Wesley’s writing is sparse and elegant, pairing effortlessly with Rudnicki’s impressionist scenes. Together they create a dreamy sense of being lost in time as a little-told chapter of Nova Scotia’s history comes to life. Readers will quickly warm to young Abigail as she explores, learning about birth and life, family and friendship.
Young Saajin loves his name, even singing it in the tub, but when he goes to school, he’s nonplussed to discover his teacher can’t pronounce it. Unsure if he should correct her, the young boy ponders his dilemma and learns an empowering lesson about the importance of being true to his identity. Vibrant and colourful, Samrath Kaur’s lively illustrations give the story a bright and bouncy vibe. A useful read for little ones who sometimes feel misunderstood. (Trevor J. Adams)