What did you do for Family Literacy Day?

Family Literacy Day (Friday, January 27th) is a national day intended to promote reading and writing, and spending time together as a family. From all of us here at Story Planet, we hope you had an amazing day of reading and fun!

We want to know what you were up to – did you visit a library together?  Start reading a classic?  We think every Friday should be a family reading day!

To help you get your own weekly family tradition started, we have put together a list of kid-approved books. There is something here for every age (but we know that adults will secretly want to read them all too!)  Check out the full list after the jump.

6-8 years old:

One of the latest books by Robert Munch, “Good Families Don’t” guarantees a laugh for the whole family.

Another good choice would be “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi and Ron Barrett – imagine if your food fell from the sky!

9-13 years old:

“Small Change for Stuart” by Lissa Evans is a new book that was nominated for the Costa Children’s Book Award. This book is a new must-read for kids who love magic and fantasy.

And, enjoy “The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, for a classic dose of magic and fantasy.

14-18 years old:

If you haven’t read the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, this would be a great series to pick up! The books (Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mocking Jay) are full of action (but they definitely aren’t for younger kids). In fact, you won’t want to put the books down!

Do you have any books you would like to share with us?  What were your Young Adult favourites (if Bridge to Terabithia doesn’t make your short list, there will be trouble)?  What are your kids devouring right now?  Tell us all about it in the comments!

A special thanks to Jennifer Rowland, Intern Extraordinaire for today’s post.

Things just keep happening!!

The space is becoming its own unique universe! Some fabulous people have been helping us get things ship shape for our launch. Here’s one with a big smile who’s been busy grinding and polishing our floors… thanks Steve!!


Wishing you love, peace and many wonderful stories this holiday season!

The Story Planet team


Word has it that an alien has set up shop at 1165 Bloor Street West and is busy trying to create a space terminal for galactic travellers called, Black Hole!

It looks like this friendly (most of the time) alien is willing to allow us to have a portal to a space for our very own workshops! We’ll need help, from organizing, painting and cleaning, to making the space look awesome and finding nifty ‘stuff’ to put in it. Stay tuned for more information or volunteer time or money to help us! liz at storyplanet dot com

Friends doing Foolish Things!!

Dan Yashinsky, storyteller extradordinaire, is running a fab festival you won’t want to miss! Entitled FOOL, festival of oral literatures, Dan invites you to join some of the world’s finest storm fools, yarnspinners,  word‐dancers, First Nations mythtellers, beatboxers, troubadours, griots,  and storylovers for a celebration of the arts of voice and story. Check it out here and enjoy!!