SOURCE: ABC Life Literacy Canada

January 16, 2014 10:00 ET

Robert Munsch, Kenneth Oppel and Other Leading Authors Celebrate National Family Literacy Day® at the Ontario Science Centre

Hundreds of Events Across Canada Encourage Families to Learn Together

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 16, 2014) - On Sunday, January 26, ABC Life Literacy Canada celebrates Family Literacy Day at the Ontario Science Centre with an array of author events, performances and activities. This is the second year Family Literacy Day has been celebrated at the Ontario Science Centre. Kara Harun, host of TVOKids' afterschool block, The Space, will emcee the event. Authors include:

  • Robert Munsch, Honorary Chair (Paper Bag Princess, Love You Forever)
  • Helaine Becker (Ode to Underwear, The Quiz Book for Spies)
  • Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony, All That Matters)
  • Lesley Livingston (Descendant, Wondrous Strange trilogy)
  • Ruth Ohi (Fox and Squirrel, Kenta and the Big Wave)
  • Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing series, This Dark Endeavour, Airborn)
  • Andrew Pyper (The Demonologist, The Killing Circle, Lost Girls)
  • Dan Riskin (Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You)
  • Patricia Storms (Never Let You Go, Good Granny/Bad Granny)
  • Kevin Sylvester (Neil Flambe series, Game Day: The People Who Make Sports Happen)
  • Mascots Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Geronimo Stilton and Gruffalo

"Family Literacy Day has grown into Canada's largest celebration of literacy, with hundreds of events across the country. We're delighted to be back at the Ontario Science Centre for the 16th annual Family Literacy Day," said Gillian Mason, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. "Every day can be Family Literacy Day -- when families spend at least 15 minutes a day engaged in reading and other learning activities together, there are huge benefits for children and adults."

"Family literacy is the path to lifelong learning, and the Ontario Science Centre is a great place for families to enjoy learning new things together," said Lesley Lewis, CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. "We're pleased to partner with ABC Life Literacy again to support Family Literacy Day, and excited to have such a great line-up of authors for our visitors to meet."

Bestselling children's author Robert Munsch is the Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day, which is celebrated across Canada every January with events and activities in literacy and learning centres, community centres, schools, libraries, and homes. Since 1999, more than 1.5 million Canadians have participated in Family Literacy Day.

Family Literacy Day activities on Sunday, January 26, 2014 are included with admission to the Ontario Science Centre. For information on tickets and memberships, please go to

About Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, was developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadians to spend at least 15 minutes every day enjoying a learning activity as a family. Please visit and follow us on Twitter with the hashtags #FamilyLiteracyDay and #15MinutesofFun.

About ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life. For the latest news and information on adult literacy please visit Twitter: @abclifeliteracy. Facebook:

About the Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the communities we serve, enriching people's lives and understanding through engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed over 47 million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the model for Science Centres around the world. It is the public centre for innovative thinking and provocative dialogue in science and technology, aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action to create a better future for the planet. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at

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