Spotlight on a Year of the Book School: Bristol Elementary School in Bristol, NH

Posted by on November 1, 2018.

Bristol, NH students squealed with delight as storyteller Duncan McDougall recounted the classic story of Sylvester and the Magic PebbleDuncan jumped around and used funny voices to bring the beloved story to life. This was the first of many visits from CLiF’s 64 talented authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers that Bristol Elementary School will get this year as part of their Year of the Book grant.

Spotlight on a Year of the Book School: JFK Elementary School in Winooski, VT

Posted by on October 23, 2018.

Last week, JFK Elementary School English Language Learners spent a beautiful fall day at the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT, listening to stories, making bean pies, and learning about African American art and culture. This special field trip was a memorable experience for these kids, who come from all over the world and are part of the Winooski elementary school’s Newcomers program.

What’s Your Favorite Banned Book?

Posted by on September 27, 2018.

Do you remember that scene in Field of Dreams where Annie stands up to a parent trying to ban one of her favorite books? It’s a powerful moment when Annie defends free speech and the right to learn. Though that memorable scene was filmed nearly 30 years ago, banning books still happens throughout the U.S.

What the CLiF Staff is Reading on National Read a Book Day

Posted by on September 6, 2018.

Did you know today is National Read a Book Day? Consider this your permission to stop what you’re doing and READ A BOOK! That’s what we’re going to do, because here at CLiF, we love reading and we love sharing our love of reading (and writing!) with low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in New Hampshire and Vermont.

In the CLiF Library: What Kids Are Reading This Summer

Posted by on August 23, 2018.

It’s been a busy summer at CLiF serving nearly 10,000 kids at 140+ Summer Readers events all over New Hampshire and Vermont! We’ve given away more than 18,000 books to kids in need and inspired them with CLiF’s passionate storytellers. At CLiF Summer Readers events, kids get to choose 2 new books for themselves from stacks of hundreds of high-quality books.

How to Encourage an Aspiring Young Writer

Posted by on August 2, 2018.

Does your child love to write? How can you encourage her passion without turning writing into a chore?

As I write this from a writers’ retreat in Lost River, WV, I’m reflecting on what’s helped my writing, from making up my own stories as a young child until now, as a  Master’s candidate in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

The Power of Poetry

Posted by on April 26, 2018.

April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry in all its forms. Many schools and programs take advantage of this month to launch poetry units and special events. Towns such as Montpelier, VT celebrate with Poem City, a city-wide initiative that posts poetry all over public spaces and celebrates poets with readings and events.