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

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.

CLiF Spotlight: The “girl book” problem

Posted by on March 5, 2015.

Vintage school portrait. Via Creative Commons

I was caught off guard by a recent Twitter conversation started by Shannon Hale, author of the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy and many others.

@haleshannon tweet screengrab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The powers that be at this school decided that regardless of her qualifications as a presenter, Hale was for girls – and boys wouldn’t be interested.

CLiF Spotlight: Why Book Drives Work

Posted by on January 22, 2015.

A few books collected for CLiF by Bear Pond Books

Define “the best.”

Here are three possible answers: Indie bookstores, the people who support them, and the people who run them.

This year, the generous patrons of five bookstores donated 789 books to the low-income, at-risk, and rural kids CLiF serves. 

CLiF Spotlight: National Readathon Day

Posted by on January 21, 2015.

Kids drop everything and read

What better way to spend a cold winter Saturday afternoon than reading?

This Saturday, January 24 is the first National Readathon Day. A project of the National Book Foundation, GoodReads, Mashable, and Penguin Random House, National Readathon Day aims to raise awareness about the millions of Americans who struggle with low literacy skills.