What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy refers to the learning that takes place within the family. This intergenerational learning includes parents, children, siblings, step-family, grandparents, caregivers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbours, and others as identified by the family.

Literacy learning starts early in life. Language learning is the foundation of literacy: talking, singing, rhyming, signing, playing, and book sharing all build language skills. Everyday life brings opportunities for learning that helps adults and children build relationships, gain skills, accomplish work, and participate fully in their communities.

~ Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN) (2016). Introduction to Family Literacy Participant Handbook

Resources for Families
Booklet Series
Resources for Practitioners and Professionals
Dual Language Mini-Books

A former Saskatchewan Community Literacy Fund project, the Building Bridges Family Literacy Project, focused on supporting recent immigrant parents and their children. The project resulted in the creation of dual-language mini-books for young learners and their caregivers to use together. The creation of dual-language mini-books, written at an emergent level, supports the needs of the emergent readers who are acquiring English as an additional language. These dual-language mini-books provide for home language maintenance, and also allow for an easier transition to learning the English language. The Saskatchewan Literacy Network is sharing their work as a resource intended to support work with newcomer families to Saskatchewan.

Dual Language Mini-Books
Family Literacy Hubs

We are pleased to work in partnership with Family Literacy Hubs around the province. Family Literacy Hubs work with schools, libraries, and communities to provide family literacy programs, services, and supports for families.  These organizations are funded by the Ministry of Education to act as Family Literacy Hubs within Saskatchewan:

Family Literacy Hubs