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)

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

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

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

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

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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)

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

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

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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.

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

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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 worldliteracyfoundation.org

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By: Dayna Wilson

Photographs Courtesy: Chapters Indigo

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