September 8th is International Literacy Day. This is the day when schools and communities all over the province are hosting events such as read-a-thons, book sales, and writing competitions in order to promote the joy that settling down with a good book can bring.

Reading to our kids (or having the older ones read to us) is a great way to spend time together while developing skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. So grab a mug of hot chocolate, settle in, and delight in one of the most enjoyable celebrations out there!

Here is a list of good books to get the kiddos interested in reading:

For the Littles (0-4)

read 1

Pride & Prejudice, a BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams. Introduce young children to numbers and counting with characters from the Jane Austen classic.

read 2

That’s Not My Monkey by Fiona Watt. Explore a variety of fun textures with playful and colourful monkeys.

read 3

Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman. Creative monsters in a variety of environments can help psych kids up about being ready to potty train.

read 4

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers. A quirky tale about the friendship between a boy and a Martian.

read 5

How to Train A Train by Jason Carter Eaton. Everything you need to know to give your train the very best of care.

For the School Aged (5-12)

read 6

Just One Goal by Robert Munsch. Perennial favourite Munsch’s tale of an industrious girl and her love of hockey.

read 7

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood. Cinderella saves her prince with wicked mechanic skills in this girl-positive sci-fi spin on the classic fairytale.


The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak. Be prepared to look silly when you read this hilarious book out loud with your kids.

diary of a wimpy kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney.  The everyday adventures of your average middle schooler, a boy named Greg.

Samantha sutton

Samantha Sutton Series by Jordan Jacobs. A cross between Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones, Samantha Sutton solves ancient mysteries.

For more information on International Literacy Day and how families can get involved, visit


By: Dayna Wilson

Photographs Courtesy: Chapters Indigo

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