The Baker-Polito Administration has proclaimed November 2015 the Commonwealth\u0027s 19th annual Family Literacy Month in recognition of the pivotal role that parents and family members play in their children\u0027s educational success.\n\nTo celebrate and recognize Family Literacy Month, communities across the state will host activities throughout November to bring families together in support of literacy, lifelong learning and family well-being.\n\n\u0022I treasured the hours I spent reading with my own children, and I hope all families can carve out time each day for this fun, simple activity that is such an important part of children\u0027s development,\u0022 said\u00a0Governor Charlie Baker.\n\n\u0022The foundation for literacy development begins early and is supported through vocabulary rich-interactions with children such as talking to them, asking questions, singing and reading,\u0022 said\u00a0Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber. \u0022These simple activities have the power to significantly impact a child\u0027s language development and reading ability, providing them with a solid foundation for success in school and life.\u0022\u00a0\n\nThe state\u0027s curriculum frameworks reinforce the importance of reading, writing, speaking and listening across all subjects, not just in English class.\n\n\u0022Families who read together are nurturing children\u0027s natural curiosity and active imaginations,\u0022 said\u00a0Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester. \u0022By exploring new subjects together outside of school, children and their families can strengthen both family relationships and children\u0027s knowledge.\u0022\n\nAmong the activities taking place in November across Massachusetts are the following:\n\nNovember 7 (multiple locations):\u00a0Museums and libraries across the state will host StoryWalks for children and families as part of a joint initiative between the Department of Early Education and Care and the Boston Children\u0027s Museum. StoryWalks are\u00a0displays of pages from a children\u0027s book along an outdoor path, where each page guides the reader down a trail, combining the benefits of physical activity, time outdoors in nature, literacy and family time. StoryWalks will be held in Concord at the Concord Children\u0027s Center across from the Fowler Library, in Boston at the Otis House Museum, in Clinton at the Rauscher Farm, in Deerfield at the History Workshop, in Southbridge at the Southbridge Family Center, in Newton at the Newton Free Library, in Northbridge at the Whitinsville Social Library and in Salem at Salem Willows.\n\tNovember 7 (Cambridge):\u00a0The Cambridge Family Literacy Collaborative will hold the city\u0027s 19th annual Family Literacy Fun Day at Cambridge City Hall with storytelling, free books, children\u0027s activities, face painting and Bonaparte the Magician.\n\tNovember 7 (Chelsea):\u00a0The Chelsea Public Library will host the 10th\u00a0annual Chelsea Reads celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will receive a free backpack and books, and there will be guest story tellers and other performers.\n\tNovember 10 (Lawrence):\u00a0Community Pathways Lawrence will sponsor its annual Family Literacy Fun Day at the Lawrence Public Library featuring guest readers, crafts, games, dance and vocal performances, face painting, free books and refreshments. There will be short classes on financial literacy and healthy eating for adults as well as raffles and library tours.\n\tNovember 17 (Middleborough):\u00a0The Middleborough Public Library will host a Family Night featuring local author Louise M. Dery-Wells, who will read her new picture book, \u0022The Enchanted Doll\u0022. A craft will follow.\nFor more information about family literacy and ways to promote it, visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education\u0027s website at\u00a0http://www.doe.mass.edu/familylit/month/announcement.html. The Department of Early Education and Care also has resources to support families with young children on its website at\u00a0https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-early-education-and-care.