Barbara Reid Named Honourary Chair of Family Literacy Day 2016

ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) has announced that Canadian author and illustrator Barbara Reid will be the Honourary Chair of Family Literacy Day 2016, which will take place on January 27th. This annual celebration of families learning together happens in schools, libraries, learning centres and homes from coast to coast to coast. Created by ABC in 1999, Family Literacy Day also presents the opportunity for organizations to raise awareness around the importance of reading and engaging in literacy activities as a family.

As Honourary Chair, Barbara Reid will participate in several Family Literacy Day events, including a January 2016 Tweet Chat for fans of all ages. She has also created special Barbara Reid Family Literacy Day tips that incorporate literacy activities using her signature art form-modelling clay. Visit to hear Barbara’s Family Literacy Day message and download free activities.

“I am thrilled to be the 2016 Family Literacy Day Honourary Chair,” says Barbara Reid. “Through my work as an author and illustrator I encourage reading and literacy engagement. Families reading and playing together is an important theme that I often include in my books. I have been participating in Family Literacy Day events for many years now and I look forward to increasing my participation in this exciting new role.”

Barbara Reid has over twenty children’s books to her credit and is perhaps best-known for her whimsical illustrations that are created using plasticine. She has received numerous accolades and awards including the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, The Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

“ABC is very excited to have Barbara Reid as the Family Literacy Day Honourary Chair for 2016,” said Gillian Mason, President, ABC Life Literacy Canada. “Barbara’s books reach parents, children, teachers, librarians, and literacy practitioners across the country — she connects with the very people we strive to rally for Family Literacy Day. With her support, we know even more Canadians will celebrate learning together this coming January 27th.”

Learning can happen at any time and ABC encourages Canadian families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together this Family Literacy Day. Practicing literacy every day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Visit for fun ideas to get your family started.

About ABC Life Literacy Canada

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For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Wells

Manager, Communications

ABC Life Literacy Canada

Telephone: 416-218-0010, ext. 122