Monday is Family Literacy Day. The Haliburton Health Unit encourages parents and grandparents to talk, listen, play and read with their children to help promote better literacy skills. They say these skills are essential for children to reach their full potential, but also contribute to healthy growth and development, improved speech and language, an interest in lifelong learning and future success in school. Just 15 minutes a day talking and reading together can dramatically increase a child’s development and literacy. For more ideas on speech and language development, visit the Preschool Speech and Language Program website kidtalk.on.ca.