7 Uniquely Fun Storytelling Activities to Do With Kids

Posted by on December 1, 2016.

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Storytelling is a great opportunity to widen a child’s imagination. In this article, we share with you 7 unique activities to make the experience a lot more fun.

Children develop their imagination at a very young age, and through activities like storytelling, you can help your child develop his/her language skills and help them think creatively.

Children’s Books to Open Hearts & Minds

Posted by on November 23, 2016.

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I am writing this from my lovely little bubble of Bear Pond Books. I think we can all agree it’s been a busy, distracting fall. I know that my book reading time has taken a precipitous fall because of it.

CLiF’s Holiday Write to Read Contest!

Posted by on November 17, 2016.

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Looking for some holiday book gifts for your class, program, or out-of-school-time group? Read more about CLiF’s holiday 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.

Your Kids Are Paying Attention: How to Talk to Them About Politics

Posted by on November 11, 2016.

I don’t want to talk about politics. You don’t want to talk about politics. But let’s talk about how we talk to kids about politics. Because they’re paying attention, and if we don’t help them frame what they’re hearing in context, they’ll fill in their own blanks.

If You’re a Parent and…You Wish You Had Time to Volunteer

Posted by on November 3, 2016.

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My brother James Scott, author of The Kept and creator of TK Podcast, wrote the most lovely piece about our mom as part of the Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote. From the Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote website: “Acclaimed novelist, Julianna Baggott, wrote a simple Facebook post, dedicating her No Trump Vote…Within days, it had been shared over 1100 times… The act of writing the dedication felt hopeful, and it seemed to have struck a chord.

Halloween Treats That Won’t Rot Your Teeth – CLiF’s Favorite Halloween Books

Posted by on October 27, 2016.

Simon Brooks tells spooky tales at Russell Elementary School in Rumney, NH (a 2016-2017 CLiF Year of the Book recipient)

Last week at Russell Elementary School in Rumney, NH, professional storyteller Simon Brooks captivated kindergarteners through eighth graders with a hilarious Halloween tale about a trick-or-treater and the cursed black bubblegum (that’s him telling stories at RES above). Students of all ages squealed and giggled and were completely enraptured in Simon’s scary voices and pantomiming as he engaged them in the creepy tale.

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

Posted by on October 13, 2016.

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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.

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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.

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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.