If You’re a Parent and…Sportsmanship v Friendship?

Posted by on May 11, 2017.

I love that my daughter enjoys team sports – from kick ball at recess to organized youth soccer, it gives us tons to discuss. There are all the traditional benefits of team sports – learning to win and lose gracefully, to understand how the individuals work within a team, to interact with coach/another adult, to balance confidence and humility, and to have fun running around and being with other kids.

If You’re A Parent And…You Need Graphic Novel Recommendations

Posted by on October 13, 2016.

My 8-year-old has discovered graphic novels. This format makes me feel old – I know my mom read comic books as a kid, but I could not understand the appeal of the graphic novel. I remember a conversation with a school librarian who said she needed to take a class to learn to read them.

If You’re a Parent and…Your Child Wants a New Pet

Posted by on September 8, 2016.

My daughter lobbied hard for a fish. I put it off until after summer travels, but I had to make good on my promise after Labor Day.

I got a book about caring for fish out of the library; I wanted us prepared for the cleaning, feeding, and choosing the correct fish for our environment (our environment calls for the most low-maintenance fish possible).

Celebrating Remarkable Women

Posted by on August 25, 2016.

This summer we’ve been basking in the glory of so many female heroes, in politics and in sports especially. I didn’t get to watch much of the summer Olympics, but I sure did read about many of the extraordinary feats of athleticism and personal, political and historic victory.

If You’re a Parent and…You Aim for a Less-Screen-Summer

Posted by on June 29, 2016.

In most of my life roles, I can feel overwhelmed by the information on how to be or do them better, how we can achieve that ideal balance where all parties (kids, friends, coworkers, and family members) feel heard, valued, and bolstered as individuals and also “team” members.

The Next Great Book: Summer Reading 2016

Posted by on June 14, 2016.

by Jane Knight – Bear Pond Books

As I write this, there are four middle school kids hanging out in our play space in the Children’s Room at Bear Pond– ‘The Chicken Coop’—they are reading picture books to one another, laughing and reminiscing about their ‘childhood favorites’.

If You’re a Parent…And Your Child Forms a Book Club

Posted by on March 25, 2016.

Recently, my daughter has started to carry an additional backpack to school – one of those square, drawstring, logo-laden bags that one can often acquire at an event. When asked what she carries in it, she replied, “My book club books!” Here is how the discussion went:

Me: “What does it mean to have book club?”

Her: “Me and Elle read and talk about books.” (Said with some disdain.)

Me: “When do you do book club?”

Her: “At recess.”

Me: “You take the library books outside?”

Her: “Only when it is nice out, we haven’t had book club in a while.”

Luckily for her, she has found special friends who share her love of reading.

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?

The Left and the Right: How Books Are Helping Kids with STEM

Posted by on December 10, 2015.

Exclusively written for CLiF
By TheLearningBlock

For the longest time, many had believed that an affinity for math and science and an affinity for the humanities had been mutually exclusive, and this had been attributed to the fact that we are either left-brained, or right-brained, depending on which hemisphere of our brain is more active.

If You’re a Parent and…You Wonder Why Audubon is Cool

Posted by on November 10, 2015.

I admit that I am one of those adults who enjoys reading middle level and young adult books. I think of it as prep work for recommending books to my second grader or CLiF program attendees.

Three of my recent favorite books with teenager main characters have been One Came Home by Amy Timberlake, Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt, and The True Blue Scouts of the SugarMan Swamp by Kathi Appelt*.