This paper examines how the potentials of literature could be harnessed
to develop literacy skills and in turn promote the study of science and
technology. The concepts of literacy, literature, science and technology were explored and used to establish the common grounds existing among literature, literacy, science and technology. Literature provides the materials that can be used to inculcate basic literacy skills and goes further to sustain these skills through fostering permanent literacy. Literature can also provide the medium for effective teaching and popularization of the study of science and technology. The possession of permanent literacy skills gives access to knowledge in a wide range of disciplines including science and technology. The paper highlights some specific ways in which literature facilitates literacy skills namely:— providing materials for reading, family literacy, teaching science concepts, school and community based reading programmes.