CLiF Spotlight: The “girl book” problem

Posted by on March 5, 2015.

Vintage school portrait. Via Creative Commons

I was caught off guard by a recent Twitter conversation started by Shannon Hale, author of the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy and many others.

@haleshannon tweet screengrab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The powers that be at this school decided that regardless of her qualifications as a presenter, Hale was for girls – and boys wouldn’t be interested.

CLiF Spotlight: Why Book Drives Work

Posted by on January 22, 2015.

A few books collected for CLiF by Bear Pond Books

Define “the best.”

Here are three possible answers: Indie bookstores, the people who support them, and the people who run them.

This year, the generous patrons of five bookstores donated 789 books to the low-income, at-risk, and rural kids CLiF serves. 

CLiF Spotlight: National Readathon Day

Posted by on January 21, 2015.

Kids drop everything and read

What better way to spend a cold winter Saturday afternoon than reading?

This Saturday, January 24 is the first National Readathon Day. A project of the National Book Foundation, GoodReads, Mashable, and Penguin Random House, National Readathon Day aims to raise awareness about the millions of Americans who struggle with low literacy skills.

CLiF Spotlight: Family Holiday Dinners, or the Best Events Ever

Posted by on December 12, 2014.

Father and children in Albany, VT

I love this season. I love that so many cultures have holidays this time of year, when it’s cold and the nights are darkest and we’re most in need of shared light and warmth.

It’s hard to pick a favorite CLiF event, but our holiday family events for Year of the Book communities are right up there.

Oct. 10 Friday Links Library

Posted by on October 10, 2014.

Photo by Kevin Morris via Creative Commons

Good morning!

In children’s literacy news this week:

Sept. 26 Friday Links Library

Posted by on September 26, 2014.

September is coming to a close. The CLiF Year of the Book has been successfully launched in eight elementary schools, and schools that saw 80% or more of families commit to regularly reading together are getting ice cream socials. Rural Libraries kickoffs are coming up next.

Sept. 12 Friday Links Library

Posted by on September 12, 2014.

Wow, it’s been a busy, fun month. Over the past two weeks six of our eight CLiF Year of the Book schools had kickoff celebrations, and next week we’re finishing the tour in Laconia and Manchester, NH.

That means I’ve had little backlog in the links I collect for this occasional Friday Links Library series.

August 8 Friday Links Library

Posted by on August 8, 2014.

I’m so excited: I’m reading the manuscript of a friend’s just-finished mystery novel.

I love reading more than pretty much any other activity (besides, maybe, eating), and reading a friend’s work — especially when it’s great — is so much fun.

August 1 Friday Links Library

Posted by on August 1, 2014.

The Friday Links Library has been enjoying its summer vacation. We’re back this week with a short edition…

 

  • Yesterday was Harry Potter’s (and J. K. Rowling’s) birthday, marking 16 years since readers first met the boy wizard. A recent study suggests that reading Harry Potter makes children more empathetic or tolerant toward minority groups or people unlike themselves.