Sara Darling says she reads at least four books to her three-year-old son, Aidan, every day.
“We feel reading together as a family is really important to set Aidan up for success in school and in life,” Darling said during an interview on Sunday at the County of Brant Public Library in Paris. “We read every day and every night.”
Darling was one of about 100 people in the City of Brantford County of Brant who attended kick-off events for the Family Literacy Committee of Brant’s 2013 Let’s Read! program at the County of Brant and Brantford public libraries on Sunday.
Zeta Phillipo, children’s services librarian with the County of Brant Public Library, said this year’s book is The Farm Team by children’s author Linda Bailey. Families are encouraged to read the book together.
“We purchased 1,000 copies of the book for all elementary schools and child care centres in Brantford and the County of Brant with a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” Phillipo said. “It is a children’s picture book that is themed around farm animals playing on a hockey team. We are really encouraging families to spend time together and our whole focus is increasing literacy in our communities.”
Sharon Brooks, executive director of Kids Can Fly, a member agency of the Family Literacy Committee of Brant, said the rise of technology has led to a decline in families reading together.
“This is a real concern,” Brooks said. “It is so important for families to spend time together.”
Visit www.familyliteracy.ca for more information about upcoming Let’s Read! program events in the city and county, which are scheduled through May.