Updates from CLiF’s literacy programs, office news, trends in children’s literacy. Authors rotate among CLiF staff: Duncan, Suzanne, Julia, Gretchen, and Katie.

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.  

CLiF Spotlight: Belmont, NH

Posted by on October 12, 2017.

Question: Why is Marty Kelley, (right) author of the book Ladybug Award nominee Albert’s Amazing Almost Adventure and Almost Everyone Farts, reading The Organic Gardener’s Home Reference to elementary aged children?

Answer: He read it to train them how to share books with others.

Librarians Share Their “Hot” Books This Fall at CLiF’s Rural Library Conference

Posted by on September 22, 2017.

Last week, more than 80 librarians from 71 towns across New Hampshire and Vermont gathered at the Briggs Opera House and Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT for CLiF’s semi-annual Rural Libraries Conference. It was a packed day of panels, workshops, and exciting prizes like a storytelling presentation by popular CLiF presenter Simon Brooks.

CLiF Spotlight: Morrisville, VT

Posted by on July 6, 2017.

As we celebrated our wider national community this July 4, CLiF wanted to share an example of “community literacy.” Spotlight on Morrisville, VT.

CLiF first visited Morrisville in Summer 2015 when the Morristown After School Program (MASP) applied for the Summer Readers program.

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.

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.

CLiF Completes Year of the Book Research

Posted by on September 1, 2016.

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.

CLiF Spotlight: Summer Readers Celebrates!

Posted by on July 14, 2016.

July 4th has come and gone, but during the holiday, NBC reported Americans celebrated by:

Traveling: 43 million Americans traveled this Independence Day weekend. This represents the highest fourth of July travel volume on record.

Eating: approximately 150 million hot dogs were consumed as 64% of Americans attended a barbeque or picnic, according to Wallethub.

CLiF Spotlight: Encourage Children to Choose Their Own Summer Reads

Posted by on June 9, 2016.

Summer is a magical season for kids – a time when they finally get to make many of their own decisions.  Except when it comes to reading. This summer millions of children will be slogging through a school-assigned reading list. And that may not be such a good thing.