Family Literacy Day and Family Literacy Week in Saskatchewan

January 27th is Family Literacy Day! January 24th to 30th is Family Literacy Week in Saskatchewan! Canada has celebrated this day since 1999, thanks to ABC Life Literacy Canada.

Family Literacy Day and Family Literacy Week proclamation thumbnail image

It’s official! The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed Family Literacy Day and Family Literacy Week in Saskatchewan. Download the Family Literacy Day proclamation or the Family Literacy Week proclamation to use at your own event!

This year’s theme is “Travel the World Together!” Use your imagination to travel, explore your own community, and learn about other cultures.

Register your Family Literacy Day event: Take a few minutes and register your family literacy event with ABC Life Literacy Canada.


Family Literacy Day (and Week!) in Saskatchewan

Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal book cover

Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal book cover

Special Event! Everyone is welcome to watch the special reading by Saskatchewan author Ruth Wellborn for her award-winning book Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal.

The livestream is available online!  Click here to watch or learn more!

This event, and 1,000 copies of this book are available for families in Saskatchewan to celebrate Family Literacy Day and Family Literacy Week. The Saskatchewan Literacy Network is pleased to work together with the Saskatchewan Family Literacy Hubs, and the Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan.

Family Literacy Events Across Saskatchewan

This year, organizations and groups around the province celebrate Family Literacy Day and Family Literacy Week in fun (and safe) ways. One of these groups are the Family Literacy Hubs, and they have events planned all week (and beyond)!

Collège Mathieu  Pour la journée de l’alphabétisation familiale du 27/01/2021, le Collège Mathieu, en étroite collaboration avec l’Association des Parents Fransaskois (APF), animera des activités virtuelles comme d’habitude au niveau des CAFES et Groupes de Jeux. Nous allons faciliter le développement du langage des enfants et l’interraction entre les animateurs(trices) et les familles participantes à notre journée.Nos activités sont:

  • Lecture du livre: Théo rêve aux voyages
  • Jasettes et Gazouillis: Thème -Voyage (présenter virtuellement les images qui montrent les voyages et les enfants vont développer leur langage autour de ces images partagés)
  • Bricolages: Bricoler un avion, voiture… (les moyens de transport)

Lloydminster Learning Council Association Will have several online or distance events. Visit their Family Literacy Day events page for more information:

  • Activity kits for families to pick up (includes the children’s book Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal, ABC Life Literacy activity book, and community contest information) information about our contests will be available for people to pick up as a kit. Families can pick up the kits at Public and Catholic School Divisions in Lloydminster, the Lakeland Library in Battleford, and from their office and the Makerspace in Lloydminster
  • Contests! With chances to win prizes!
    • Read and Draw – kids will follow written instructions to draw a travel-themed picture. There is a chance to win a prize!
    • Design a Postcard – kids draw a postcard that represents Lloydminster or Battleford and explain why they chose to draw that. There is a chance to win a prize here, too!
    • I SPY: Travel Theme – kids find all of the travel objects, and colour and count them. There’s a chance to win a prize as well!
    • Journey Around the World – using Google Forms and Google Earth, participants learn about some important landmarks around the world. You can also win a prize here!

Moose Jaw Literacy Network has events planned in Moose Jaw and other nearby communities.

  • Online reading: Schools will join in as Ruth Wellborn reads her book, Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal, and children will receive activities for an evening of fun with their parents.
  • Story Trails: In partnership with agencies around Moose Jaw and at rural libraries, there is a story trail using Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal. COVID-19 Restrictions will be in place for all activities. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, contact Christine Boyczuk at 306-693-0609 or mjliteracy@yahoo.ca .
    • January 27th to February 28th: at the Early Years Family Resource Centre (FRC) located at 1250 11th Ave NW, Moose Jaw, the Story Trails can be walked through and enjoyed at any time starting at the front of the Centre. Families can register at moosejawfrc.ca to receive a book and bag of activities to do at home.
    • January 25th to 30th: Downtown Moose Jaw store windows will display the book pages, so parents and children can follow the trail down Main Street. Please register at the Library, 461 Langdon Crescent to receive an activity bag and book.
    • January 30th, 1:00 to 4:00p.m. (weather permitting): At Wakamow, families can register with the host and follow the trail and story on the trees. When finished the trail, families will be asked questions about the book and will receive a bag with activities to do at home.
    • Rural communities in the area, families can contact their local library for details.
  • Free Activity Ideas! Moose Jaw teachers are sharing fun and free activities for families.

Prince Albert Literacy Network has a main event

  • Saturday, January 23rd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    A Story Adventure at the Gateway Mall 
    presented by the Prince Albert Literacy Network
    Come to the mall and discover the pages of a book as you walk through the mall. The book ‘ends’ at the Prince Albert Literacy Office where you will receive a Family Fun Games Night Kit filled will activities to encourage family play at home, a snack, AND a copy of the Story Adventure Book! All activities and kits are FREE and will follow COVID-19 protocols.

READ Saskatoon partnered with the Saskatoon Public library, and Wheatland Regional Library

  • January 14th to 28th, family-fun postcard activity! Families can visit any Saskatoon Public Library or Wheatland Public Library to pick up a postcard; or download the postcard from their website here. Once completed, the postcard can be mailed to READ Saskatoon or dropped off at a library. The first 100 families to return the completed postcard will be directed to the closest local library branch to pick up a book for their home library.

Regina Region Family Literacy Hub has many events planned, and you can view all of their planned events on their website.

  • Special Event! Everyone is welcome to join in a special reading by Saskatchewan author Ruth Wellborn of her award-winning book Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal. Join us online at 10:30am on January 27th! Click this link for more information.
  • Books for families: United Way Regina also sent 150 copies of this book to families in the Regina Region communities of Regina, Pilot Butte, Imperial, Lipton, Vibank, Francis, Indian Head and Southey to celebrate Family Literacy Day.
  • Literacy Month! The Regina Region Family Literacy Hub and United Way Regina are celebrating Literacy Month. You can read information about their events and initiatives here.

Southwest Literacy Committee has many events planned. You can download a poster of their events here.

  • Story Walk with Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal by Ruth Wellborn: January 29th, 30th, and 31st. This is open to all families in Maple Creek and area. Sponsored by KidsFirst.
  • Story Trails with Chinook Regional Library area. Sponsored by Chinook Regional Library. Check your library for more information.
    • In Glentworth on February 1st from 9:00 a.m. to noon (12:00 p.m.), and noon (12:00 p.m.) to 4:30 p.m.
    • In Mankota on February 9th and 10th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day
    • In Kincaid on February 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • In Gravelbourg on February 23rd from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and noon (12:00 p.m.) to 5:00 p.m.
      and February 24th from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Hockey Night in Kenya by Danson Mutinda and Eric Walters.
    • On February 11th, the authors will do a virtual reading and storytelling session for Chinook School Division Grade 3 students. Sponsored by Chinook School Division and Southwest Literacy Committee.
    • Also on February 11th, in class group reading and discussion for English language learners at Great Plains College. Sponsored by Southwest Literacy Committee.
  • News Release January 19th. You can view their news release here.

West Central Literacy Committee has planned a Story Walk in Kerrobert and Rosetown during Family Literacy Week. Be sure to follow West Central Literacy on Facebook for more information, too!

  • January 26th to 29th there will be a Story Walk around Kerrobert Library. Families can pick up event passports in the Library (during their open hours). When the passport is complete, families can drop it off at the Library (by February 3rd) for a chance to win prizes! View the Kerrobert Story Walk poster here, or their mini video here.
  • January 29th there will be a Story Walk in Rosetown in Lovett Park (next to Rosetown Centennial Library). Families can also go to the library for treat bags from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. View the Rosetown Story Walk poster here, or their mini video here.

Sunday, January 31st

Family Literacy Week in Saskatchewan will be officially over, but some events are still happening! Also, be sure to check out Family Literacy Hub programming during the year. Your local public library is also a great place to check for programming.


Useful Family Literacy Day event resources:

Since ABC Life Literacy Canada started Family Literacy Day in 1999, we have worked together to raises awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Every year, we celebrate Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan. This is our second year for Family Literacy Week in Saskatchewan!

What is family literacy? Visit our family literacy resource page for more information!

Barbara Reid, award-winning Canadian author and illustrator, is the Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day. You can download her tip sheets here for some great ideas on how to make learning a fun part of your family routine.

ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Family Literacy Day Resources
ABC Life Literacy Canada’s family literacy and family literacy statistics

If you have questions, or would like support for your event, please contact us.