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

The Saskatchewan Literacy Network is working with many partners to translate these family literacy booklet series into Cree, Dene, Michif, and French.

Language and literacy are very closely linked. It is important for families to have access to resources that support literacy in their home language or languages. Translating these booklets is a step toward building those resources together with our partners. We are working with translators, community organizations, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers to translate the family literacy booklet series. We welcome involvement from anyone interested in supporting these translations, including to suggest good books for families to read together.

Literacy is extremely important as it opens the door to many opportunities. We work closely with multiple organizations to ensure that Saskatchewan residents have access to literacy programs and resources. Our government is proud to support offering literacy resources in multiple languages.

Gordan Wyant – Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Government of Saskatchewan (International Literacy Day 2019)

With support from the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education (through the Provincial Library and Literacy Office and through Early Years’ Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Childcare Agreement), we are able to undertake this work and to keep offering these booklets at no charge to families and community members. You can download the family literacy booklet series (currently only in English), at our family literacy resources page. To get involved, or to request these booklets in print (in English or to pre-order in Cree, Dene, Michif, or French), please contact our office.

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 collaboration with Family Literacy Hubs around the province. Family Literacy Hubs work with schools, libraries, and communities to provide access to family literacy programs, services, and supports for families. For more information on the organizations that are funded by the Ministry of Education to act as Family Literacy Hubs within Saskatchewan, visit the Government of Saskatchewan website:

Family Literacy Hubs