Although Family Literacy Day is on Tuesday, January the 27th each year, we celebrated early. D’Arcy is scheduled to have surgery this year on the 27th and when Sarah heard, her first comment was, “Oh NO! He’ll miss Family Literacy Day!” We have been celebrating annually since 2007, the year Olivia was a baby. Each year we have a slightly different format, depending on what is going on at the time. We’ve celebrated at lunch, at dinner, on the weekend, on a week-night, at our house, or at my parents’ house. The constants are that we all attend along with my parents, share books/magazines/newspapers, stories, and food. Sometimes the books we receive are new, sometimes, they are new-to-us, and there have even been years when books were borrowed from the library.
Family Literacy Day has become an event as special and highly-anticipated as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter at our house!
This year, we combined our Family Literacy Day celebration with a celebration of Auntie Ruth’s 86th birthday, and included Mirelle, our guest from Brazil. As the children have gotten older, the day has evolved to include questions that you must answer before receiving your book. “What are your earliest memories of visiting the library?” (My first visit was to story-time at six days old, but I don’t have a memory of that! ;-) ) “Where is your favourite place to read?” “What was your favourite book as a child?”
We had many laughs as we ate munchies, then assembled sandwiches from a recipe. We celebrated Auntie Ruth’s birthday with “Mud Pie” and discussions about technology.
Mirelle’s new book about Nova Scotia. She can take it back to Brazil to show her friends and family.
Auntie Ruth answers her question before opening her book.
Some sister-love for Evan. “What’s the most awesome thing to ever happen to you?” “My siblings.” <3
Olivia and Beanah
D’Arcy reads his book while Alex answers his question, “Is there a book that you’d like to, or feel you should read?”
Sarah answers her question, “What was the best thing to ever happen to you?”
Sarah took forever to open her book of trivia.
Auntie Ruth chose the book for Ginna
Some time to enjoy our books between courses.
Family Literacy Day 2015
Happy 86th birthday, Auntie Ruth!
The perfect gift!
The whole family 2015
Evan drove us home, much later than we had intended, and way past bedtime. However, nobody wanted the evening to end.
For me, I’ll be reading my book, “The Blue Tattoo” by Steven Laffoley, a novel about the Halifax Explosion, on the actual date of Family Literacy Day while D’Arcy is in surgery. I’ll be happy to have a story to occupy my thoughts and help me pass the time. He’ll be happy, I’m sure, to have some new books to read during his recovery.
We’d love to know about other people’s Family Literacy Day traditions. Please tell us in the comments!