This April, Scholars Portal is highlighting International Children's Book Day, which is observed annually on noted fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen's birthday (April 2). This yearly event, sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, an international non-profit, promotes a love of reading, recognizes the role of books in the development and education of children, and calls attention to children's literature. To celebrate Children's Book Day, we've gathered material on children's literature and literacy practices from our books, journals, and <odesi> platforms.
This survey provides a detailed statistical picture of the habits of Canadians with respect to buying and reading books for pleasure. Coverage of reading habits includes genre type, frequency of reading, books bought, proportion of Canadian authors among books bought, and library use. The respondents were also asked about non-reading activities such as television watching and use of Internet to provide a comparison to reading.
The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies is a multi-cycle international programme of assessment, focused on adults' literacy, numeracy, and information communication technology skills and competencies. It aims to collection information from residents of several countries, including Canada, and seeks to provide information regarding change in distribution of skills over the years, the extent of the skill being measured, and information about individuals with low levels of competency.
This survey is part of a long-term study monitoring the development and well-being of Canadian children as they grow from infancy to adulthood, with data collected at two-year intervals. It includes variables related to the children's activities, literacy, education, and reading tests, among many others.