Family Literacy Day offers interactive map to boost participation in Play for Literacy

ABC Life Literacy Canada is looking to turn Canada orange in support of Family Literacy Day® as a new interactive events tracking map is unveiled online at

Each of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories will see their orange colouring intensify as the number of events registered increases. Last year over 300,000 Canadians participated in just over 1,500 events across Canada.

 “We wanted to make sure that Canadians felt they had the power to influence change and recognition of literacy across the country,” said Margaret Eaton, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada.

“It will be interesting to see the competitiveness of Canadians as only they can influence the colour of their province or territory on this map.”

With Play for Literacy as this year’s theme, an event can range from big to small to anything in between.

Whether a group gathers together at their local library or community centre or an individual family takes time together to play and learn, each one of these activities can be recorded on the interactive map and counted towards a province’s or territory’s totals.  It is up to Canada to go online and register their event in support of Family Literacy Day and their province or territory.

Everyone, from families to groups to individuals, is encouraged to register their event or activity and share how they plan to celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27, 2011.

Submissions received prior to January 14, 2011 will be automatically entered to win a Family Literacy Day Hasbro prize pack.

The map, registration pages and activity ideas can all be found at

Family Literacy Day, was developed by in 1999 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadians to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying a learning activity as a family every day.

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We envision a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life.