If You’re A Parent And…You Need Graphic Novel Recommendations

Posted by on October 13, 2016.


My 8-year-old has discovered graphic novels. This format makes me feel old – I know my mom read comic books as a kid, but I could not understand the appeal of the graphic novel. I remember a conversation with a school librarian who said she needed to take a class to learn to read them.

Why Writing Matters As Much As Reading

Posted by on October 6, 2016.


My first grade teacher, Mrs. A., told me I could be a writer. For a voracious young reader, this revelation was life-changing. I’d loved to read and make up my own stories from a very young age, and while my parents encouraged it, no one had ever read one of my stories and told me I could be a writer.

Who Decides What Kids Can Read?

Posted by on September 29, 2016.


Did you know it’s Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 1, 2016)?

According to bannedbooksweek.org, “The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read.

CLiF Spotlight: CLiF’s Write to Read Contest!

Posted by on September 22, 2016.


Looking for a fun project for your students that will result in a new set of classroom books? Read more about CLiF’s first book giveaway contest!

The book giveaway is a key component of all CLiF programs. Research proves that if kids can chose their own book, then they will be more likely to read it.

If You’re a Parent and…Your Child Wants a New Pet

Posted by on September 8, 2016.


My daughter lobbied hard for a fish. I put it off until after summer travels, but I had to make good on my promise after Labor Day.

I got a book about caring for fish out of the library; I wanted us prepared for the cleaning, feeding, and choosing the correct fish for our environment (our environment calls for the most low-maintenance fish possible).

CLiF Completes Year of the Book Research

Posted by on September 1, 2016.

FINAL year-of-the-book

In 2015, CLiF received a grant from the Canaday Family Charitable Trust to study whether schools that had received a Year of the Book Grant (YOB) were able to sustain their momentum around literacy once the grant ended. CLiF contracted with Evergreen Evaluation and Consulting, Inc.

Celebrating Remarkable Women

Posted by on August 25, 2016.


This summer we’ve been basking in the glory of so many female heroes, in politics and in sports especially. I didn’t get to watch much of the summer Olympics, but I sure did read about many of the extraordinary feats of athleticism and personal, political and historic victory.

Forget the Kids, Time for Mom and Dad to Head Back to School!

Posted by on August 9, 2016.


As summer ends, we all begin to think about preparing our children for the school year to come – new backpacks, sneakers, pencils, and notebooks. You have double and triple-checked the list that you received in July – outlining everything that your child will need in the year to come, but you stop to wonder if there is anything else that you could be doing to set your child up for success.