Every September we celebrate International Literacy Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of literacy around the world. And since we love everything to do with reading, we’ve got 5 awesome places to read books with your kids in Metro Vancouver. As fun as it is cozying up at home to read with our kids, getting out of the house while the weather is still nice is a great way to spend time together. So take a look at our five favourite places to read, we’ve even listed a few of our favourite books to go along with the different reading spots!

Jericho beach vancouver
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Jericho Beach
3941 Point Grey Road, Vancouver
Jericho Beach is an awesome place to lay out a blanket and read a book or two. Snag a spot near one of the logs for a cozy backrest and settle in a fun day at the beach. There are grassy spots to sit on too if sand isn’t your thing. In between playing in the waves and in the sand, read your favourite beach day stories. Our kiddos get a kick out of the book, If you ever want to bring a piano to the beach, don’t! by Elise Parsley. It’s a hilarious tale of what happens when you don’t listen to mom and a great story to read while at the beach.

campbell valley regional park
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Campbell Valley Regional Park
20290 16 Ave, Langley
Campbell Valley Regional Park is one of our favourite parks in all of Metro Vancouver, and it’s not hard to see why. There are over 29 km of easy walking trails, heritage sites including an old schoolhouse, picnic benches, streams, ponds, dog parks and more! There are even equestrian trails so you are bound to see a horse or two. There are so many nooks and crannies to this park it’s easy to find a secluded spot to sit and read and be in nature. Pack a picnic and the classic Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy for some great park reading.

north vancouver pier
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The Pier & Shipyards in North Vancouver
Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver
In Metro Vancouver, there is no shortage of great marine viewing spots. One of our favourite places is the Pier and historic Shipyards in North Vancouver. The 700-foot pier extends out into Burrard Inlet and is great for watching all sorts of marine vessels float by. Grab a snack at the Lonsdale Quay, sit on a bench on the pier and read Mr. Wishing Went Fishing by Irma Wilde, a story of friendship and fish!

classical chinese garden vancouver
photo by Viv Caruna / CC BY

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
The Classical Chinese Gardens in Vancouver are magical. You’ll be transported to another part of the world when you step through the entranceway. Surrounded by beautiful plants and architecture, it’s easy to spend an entire day wandering the grounds. Find a peaceful spot in the garden and read the beloved story of The Empty Pot by Demi, a delightful tale of Ping, a schoolboy in China, and his love of flowers.

west vancouver library
photo by West Vancouver Library

West Vancouver Library
1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Our list would not be complete without including at least one library. The Youth Department Kids Area at the West Vancouver Library is an amazing space to cuddle up together in oversized wingback chairs. There’s even a puppet stage for kids to play with. Plus you have an entire library at your fingertips, so you and your little ones can read to your heart’s content. Take turns picking books and reading to one another before deciding which books get to come home with you. On our most recent library trip, we fell in love the tale of Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey, an adorable story about being yourself.

We hope this list has inspired you to get out of the house to find a great reading spot in your neighbourhood. Happy International Literacy Day!

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