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January 24, 2013
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Minister proclaims January 27 as Family Literacy Day

Education and Early Childhood Development

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Islanders are encouraged to spend time learning and reading together on Family Literacy Day and throughout the year, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“As a government, we are making major investments in our education system to better prepare students for success and to accelerate our province’s ability to succeed in a global economy,” said Minister McIsaac. “Families have a powerful influence on their child’s learning and we encourage them to take part in family activities that make learning fun and part of their daily routines.”

Minister McIsaac has officially proclaimed January 27, 2013, as Family Literacy Day in Prince Edward Island. This national celebration takes place annually to encourage families to participate in literacy activities together.

The theme for this year’s Family Literacy Day celebrations is Fifteen Minutes of Fun. Reading and learning together for just 15 minutes a day provides great benefits for children and parents.

“As Minister responsible for the public library service, I’ve seen first hand the valuable role libraries play in literacy development,” said Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson. “Our staff works very hard to develop educational and fun programs that make literacy development enjoyable for the whole family.”

There are many different ways to incorporate family literacy into your daily routine. These include:

1. Create your own comic strip about your family.

2. Invent two new endings to your favourite book.

3. Make up a new recipe together and post it online.

4. Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.

5. Sing five songs really, really loud!

6. Invent a new game while playing at the park.

7. Read a story to your pet (or favourite toy).

8. Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.

9. Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.

10. Log on to your favourite word game – can you beat your best score?

11. Create your family tree.

12. Play rhyming “I Spy” – “I spy something that rhymes with...”

13. Play a board game together.

14. Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.

15. Find 15 things that begin with the letter “S.”

For more details on Family Literacy activities, please visit the PEI Literacy Alliance Website at or the national website at For more information on the PEI Public Library Service, visit

Media Contact: Laura Steeves
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