Family Literacy Day is coming! This year’s theme, set by ABC Life Literacy Canada, is “Learning in the Great Outdoors” so we chose a book and stories about learning from the land in Saskatchewan “When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar”!

On January 27th, author Bernice Johnson-Laxdal will share her stories about her childhood growing up around Île-à-la-Crosse in northern Saskatchewan. We will also hear from Miriam Körner, illustrator and co-author, who helped make this book and who created the lovely art in the book!

Free! Everyone is welcome!

Watch the livestream here!

Watch the livestream here:

Watch the trailer video here:


On January 27 at 10:30am (CST), hear Bernice and Miriam share their stories and answer your questions. You can ask your question ahead of time at!


Visit the FLD resources page for activities, downloadables, printables – we’re adding more each day! If you sign up your family or your group or class, we’ll send you free digital resources and you could win a signed copy of the book! Sign up here today


Family Literacy Hubs and others have planned events and activities all around the province. Look for events in your community! More information is on to the Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan page!

This is a photo of two people, outside in the snow with trees in the background. They are each holding a copy of their book "When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar". On the left is Bernice Johnson-Laxdal, author of the book. On the right is Miriam Körner, illustrator and co-author of the book.

Bernice and Miriam live near La Ronge, in northern Saskatchewan. We will share the video reading of “When the Trees Crackle with Cold” from there, thanks to our friends at the Pahkisimon Nuyeʔáh Library System Headquarters! You can also ask questions and Miriam will answer them live! You can email with your questions.

You can learn more about Family Literacy Day in Canada, download their activity guide, and much more at ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Family Literacy Day page.

So many partners and friends made this event possible (and even better!). Thank you, everyone!