If You’re a Parent and…You Miss Letters

Posted by on January 12, 2017.

I received a letter – a handwritten card with the inside and back filled with news. It is a bit sad that this is such a remarkable event. We received lots of holiday cards, but they were either picture cards or typed and copied updates.

Reading to Newborns

Posted by on January 4, 2017.

   “Parents are the first – and perhaps best – teachers, particularly when it comes to influencing their child’s interest in reading and learning. Positive attitudes formed in the home can have a profoundly positive influence on all future education.”

-Nancy Livingston, Ed.D.

CLiF Pets Read, too!

Posted by on December 29, 2016.

It’s probably no surprise that the CLiF Staff loves to read. After all, our mission is to share our love of reading and writing with low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in Vermont and New Hampshire. So of course, we read a lot.

Young Donors Spread the Joy of Literacy

Posted by on December 22, 2016.

While children all over the world have been sending Santa their wish lists, two young CLiF donors had another idea. They decided to put Santa to work for a cause they cared about.

The Patchett-Walsh grandchildren chose to raise money for the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) by making the beautiful Santas you see above and selling them to friends and family during their Thanksgiving feast.

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.

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.

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.