The Interesting Connection between Literacy and Behavior in Children

Posted by on February 8, 2018.

People are getting more enlightened today with the help of literacy. Without literacy, we wouldn’t be able to shape meaning out of the world. That is why it is so important to continue fighting for the increase of literacy for everyone.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018

Posted by on January 25, 2018.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Its mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.  

How Children’s Books Can Change the World: A Father & Author’s Perspective

Posted by on January 17, 2018.

As the father of 4 wonderful kids, I understand how important it is for them to be outside, burning energy and exploring the world around them. Not to mention, it helps keep the house a little more tidy and gives us parents some time to catch up on our favorite show or book or whatever it is that keeps you calm.

What Educators Want Parents to Know

Posted by on January 11, 2018.

Educators want parents to prepare their children and teens for school by sharing a love for learning, the attitude that learning more is important, and the expectation that all children can become successful in school. How to do this? Encourage your child to read, write, and complete some math every day.

Santa’s Workshop: Delivering Books to Children of Prison Inmates for the Holidays

Posted by on December 20, 2017.

The CLiF office looked remarkably like Santa’s workshop this week as holiday tunes played in the background (see photo above).

 

Last week, CLiF presenter and graphic novelist Marek Bennett and I spent the day working with inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, NH.  

If You’re A Parent And…Books Play a Part in Your Holiday Celebration

Posted by on December 14, 2017.

There is nothing like the holiday season for connecting and reconnecting us to all kinds of traditions. Everywhere I look there are reminders of past holidays and evolving seasonal activities.

These are two of my most favorite Christmas tree ornaments. When my best friend from high school and I moved to Washington, DC, after college, we bought these ornaments for the first tree we set up as adults in our own space.

Read Your World: Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity

Posted by on December 7, 2017.

With the call for more diverse books in the publishing business, it’s been heartening to see a small uptick in children’s books that reflect the beautiful diversity of the faces we see around us more and more each day. Heeding that call, three women in central Vermont are striving to make folks in their predominantly white communities more sensitive to the images, products, and media with which we choose to surround ourselves.