Interview with Margaret Eaton about Family Literacy Day

Saturday, January 19, 2008.

Margaret Eaton, President, ABC CANADA Literacy FoundationJanuary 27 is the ABC Canada Literacy Foundation‘s Family Literacy Day; an event that celebrates and promotes literacy, with a family twist.

Across the country, libraries, schools, community centres, arts centres, and homes — maybe even your home — will be hosting events and reading children’s books. It’s a great excuse to read a book with your child, if you need one.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Margaret Eaton, President of the ABC Canada Literacy Foundation about literacy and this year’s Family Literacy Day.

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Mark refers in this interview to the following quote from a recent post on Jen Robinson’s Book Page. Jen wrote last January, in an article about a talk that Jen heard by read-aloud advocate Jim Trelease, that:

“He (Trelease) suggested that we need some sort of national campaign to inform people all over the country of the importance of exposing their kids to more words every day, and encouraging them to enjoy reading. He gave an analogy to the campaign that was used to successfully cut the incidence of smoking in this country by 50% over 40 years, a combination of informing people, scaring people, and insulting people, and thinks that we need to try something similar in American homes re: reading.”

More statistics and literacy tidbits referenced by Mark in this interview can be found here:

Photo: ABC Canada


Comment by Jen Robinson

January 19, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

Great interview, Mark and Andrea! Thanks for referencing my Jim Trelease quote. Of course with the “informing, scaring, insulting” he was talking specifically about the importance of parents reading aloud to their kids, not about adult literacy in general. But I completely agree with Margaret that showing the success of literacy and literacy programs is the way to go. That’s where the “informing” as far as reading aloud goes, too. If all parents realized how critical it is to their children’s future success for them to read aloud to them every day… I think that would go a long way. And then, of course, helping the parents who have difficulty reading to their kids is key.

Anyway, I think it’s amazing that Canada has a National Family Literacy Day, and I appreciate you bringing it to people’s attention through this interview. Thanks!

Comment by Tricia

January 21, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

Interview 299, wow! Thanks for sharing this. I was very interested to hear Ms. Eaton’s thoughts. We need more advocates like her.

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