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National Family Literacy Day

Join us on National Family Literacy Day and learn how reading together can help create a closer bond with your family!
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November 1
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Get ready to celebrate and support literacy in your family on National Family Literacy Day on November 1! This day was created in 1994 to recognize the importance of families reading together, as well as encouraging children from an early age to develop a love for books. Reading is such a valuable skill that can open up so many doors later in life, so don't miss out on this opportunity!

History of National Family Literacy Day

National Family Literacy Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1966</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of ILA</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Literacy Association (ILA) was originally founded as the International Reading Association (IRA) to promote worldwide literacy.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of WLC</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), now known as the World Literacy Council (WLC), was established to improve the educational opportunities for families.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Congressional Support</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Congress passed the National Literacy Act promoting literacy and basic skills improvement programs for adults.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of NFLD</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Family Literacy Day was established to encourage families to read together and promote literacy in younger generations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Strengthening Adult Education</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Literacy Act was expanded by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, enhancing the focus on family education.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Literacy Focus</div><div class='timeline-text'>The importance of digital literacy became recognized, with organizations like the NCFL providing resources to help families navigate technology.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Family Literacy Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read together</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Choose a book, or several, and have each family member read a portion of it out loud. Take turns reading pages, chapters, or even paragraphs to create a fun and interactive experience.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit the library</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to your local library and browse the bookshelves together. Let everyone pick out a few books to take home and read, or find a place in the library to sit down and read together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write stories</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Encourage each family member to write their own story. Brainstorm ideas, create characters, and craft plots together as a family. Once finished, share stories with one another for an entertaining evening.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play word games</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Word games can be both educational and fun for the whole family. Try playing Scrabble, Boggle, or Word Search to help build vocabulary skills while having a good time.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a reading event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look up your local libraries or bookstores for any special events related to literacy being held on National Family Literacy Day. These events can include readings by authors, play readings, educational seminars, and more!</p></div></div>

Why National Family Literacy Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages a lifelong love of reading</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Reading is an important skill that can benefit people throughout their lives. Celebrating National Family Literacy Day encourages parents and children to develop a love for books and literature, igniting a passion for learning in young minds that will last far beyond their schooling years.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps foster family togetherness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than by snuggling up together to read a good book? Celebrating National Family Literacy Day helps promote bonding between parents and children and creates special memories they can cherish forever. Plus, it's an easy and fun way to teach little ones important lessons about the world!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes literacy in underserved communities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Providing access to books and literacy resources is critical for helping ensure that all members of society have equal opportunities. National Family Literacy Day raises awareness of the importance of literacy in all communities, regardless of income or background, and works towards closing educational gaps across America.</p></div></div>

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When is National Family Literacy Day?

National Family Literacy Day is celebrated on November 1 every year. In 2024, the date falls on a Friday.

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