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A Fabulous Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day 2017 was celebrated with hundreds of exciting events across the Canada. I was able to connect with readers and supporters of family literacy during a live tweet chat, and was honoured to have the Kenora Public Library create Storywalk® with my book Perfect Snow.   I had the pleasure to take part in storytelling and hands-on clay workshops at Toronto Public Library’s Cedarbrae and Goldhawk Park branches. Both libraries are lively community hubs, and I met kids, families and even a few teachers all excited to try their hands at plasticine artwork. As always, when I spend some time in a public library, the future looks brighter! I think the beautiful artwork samples and the smiles in this gallery tell the story best.  A BIG thank you to all the organizers and participants, I’m already looking forward to FLD 2018…


A New School and the Snowball Effect

I am honoured and delighted to announce that a new elementary school in Whitchurch-Stouffville will be named Barbara Reid Public School. The new school will open in September 2017.

Growing up in Toronto in the 1960’s, few of the books I found in my school and public library were written or illustrated by Canadians, or published in Canada. Books that inspired me were written by people from far away, or long ago.

Much has changed! Thanks to passionate creators, publishers, librarians, teachers, booksellers and support from organizations like The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, The National Reading Campaign and ABC Life Literacy (to name a few), bookshelves are filled with outstanding Canadian books that reflect our culture and diversity. Millions of school children have had the opportunity to meet and interact with real live authors and illustrators. Young readers find themselves in our stories and take part in award programs. Our books are winning awards at home and around the world, and reaching international audiences.

A snowball starts out small, but once it’s rolling it builds upon itself and grows in size and importance at a faster and faster rate. I am very grateful for the pioneers who started the process that has brought Canadian Children’s Literature to where it is today. I am proud to know there are schools named for Jean Little, Robert Munsch and Phoebe Gillman. I have had the good fortune to know and learn from each of these brilliant Canadian authors, and had the opportunity to visit students at the Phoebe Gilman School library. Most of all, I am thrilled to be part of the snowball effect and determined to keep the ball rolling!

Thanks to this vast community of supporters, and the York Region District School Board for their recognition and celebration of Canadian Children’s Literature. Imagine what today’s young readers will contribute!

The snowball effect; illustration from Perfect Snow

A bird in the library

It has been a busy spring! I have been visiting schools in and around Toronto. Each school was unique, but what they all had in common was a bustling library with a passionate librarian at the centre. The libraries have been filled with Forest of Reading displays, projects, art galleries, green screen stations, technology of all sorts being explored, clubs, readers, readers, readers and more. The formula is simple: School library + Librarian=enthusiastic, curious and engaged learners. The library ceiling at Dr. Eric Jackman features this cheery little bird taking flight. I think it perfectly illustrates the spirit of freedom and possibility that is found in a school library. And the fun!


Barbara Reid is named Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day

I am thrilled to be named the 2016 Family Literacy Day Honourary Chair. 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.

January 27 is family Literacy Day, and ABC encourages Canadian families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together this Family Literacy Day – and every day. Practicing literacy every day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Visit for fun ideas to get your family started and make family time learning time!

Dreamy reviews!

Sing a Song of Bedtime has received two lovely reviews!

Canadian Materials says: “Reid’s detailed plasticine illustrations are outstanding and demand repeated viewings in order to absorb their richness. Her characters, a mixture of anthropomorphic animals and humans of different races, have been appropriately chosen to represent and express each poem’s content. Who better to be “Wee Willie Winkie” running through the town in his nightgown but a raccoon?”

CanLit for Little Canadians says:  “Sing a Song of Bedtime is a visual celebration of textures and colours that will serenade every and any child into fulfilling slumber and sweet dreams.”

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