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

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.

It’s National Reading Month…Help CLiF Spread the Seuss!

Posted by on February 25, 2016.

This March, CLiF is spreading the joy of Dr. Seuss far and wide! 

March, beautiful March! Our favorite month of the year! We embrace all that March has to offer us here in the Northeast – the mixed precipitation, the onset of cabin fever, the daily battle between the lion and the lamb – Why, you ask?

Mothers and Kids: Togetherness

Posted by on May 15, 2015.

At CLiF, much of our work occurs behind the scenes. We spend many hours scheduling events, organizing logistics, communicating with coordinators who are on the ground in various communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. While we love what we do, nothing compares to hanging up the phone, logging off our email, and stepping out from behind our desks to get face-to-face with the communities, families, and children we serve.

Sustaining Momentum through Creativity

Posted by on May 1, 2015.

What do skiing, books, and microcontrollers all have in common?

The CLiF Community Literacy Conference, of course!

In all honesty, the skiing was only a background as attendees sat slopeside in the conference room at The Mountain Club on Loon. While the spring skiers glided past the window, teachers, principals, librarians, and other eager past, present, and future participants in the CLiF Year of the Book (YOB) grant shared ideas on how to make CLiF programming efficient, effective, and sustainable.

CLiF Spotlight: Digging for Incredible Family Stories

Posted by on March 17, 2015.

Family story keepers

Everyone has a story worth telling.

That’s the message Vermont children’s book author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock shares with students across Vermont, New Hampshire, and around the country. Natalie practices what she preaches. Many of her 25 children’s books are based on amazing true stories from her own extended family.

CLiF Spotlight: New Works by CLiF Presenters

Posted by on March 12, 2015.

Ted Scheu leads a poetry workshop

In preparation for an upcoming CLiF presenter gathering, I stocked up on their books for vacation reading.

My six year old and I particularly loved The Tapir Scientist by Sy Montgomery. My daughter truly loves animal facts (thank you Wild Kratts), and this in-depth look at the animals and the research process lit a spark.