Promoting literacy comes naturally to us teachers in the classroom and the education system, but literacy in the home, family literacy, is just as important. The home, with parents as our children’s first teachers, is the first place children are exposed to reading and writing. It is where they first learn to love books and do “bookish things,” like acting out plays, stories, movies or “reading” to their stuffed animals or playing “school” long before they’re old enough to attend. Because of this, there are ways you can promote family literacy at home.

  1. Set aside some time every day to read.
  2. Keep books around the house.
  3. Make regular visits to the library.
  4. Read together the book version of your child’s favorite movie.
  5. Organize a children’s book club with their friends in the neighborhood.


More things you can do to celebrate this month:

  1. Make bookmarks (and maybe give them as Thanksgiving presents. Even if there is to be no family gathering this year, they mail easily.
  2. Write a story where each family member writes a paragraph, section, or chapter about a family event or vacation. (
  3. Build together and maintain a Little Free Library.
  4. Record children’s books for local hospitals. Have different family members read different parts.
  5. Write a family cookbook and give as Christmas gifts. I use a loose leaf notebook.

6. Use memes to print flyers to advertise favorite books and hand out or mail to friends.

I am sure you and your family can think of many other “bookish” activities. The emphasis this month, however, is carrying out these literacy activities AS A FAMILY!


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. This is a great post Rae. I am going to reblog it when I do my November post. As an educator I was able to reach families through their children, but now that I am retired it is not easy. Of course people who follow our blogs are probably already readers. I am going post something on facebook, which I don’t normally do, but I will give it a shot, especially with families staying home so much right now.

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