The Big Book Order

Posted by on August 7, 2013.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes in the CLiF office. Julia is busy assembling a huge book order for CLiF’s fall programs through our partner First Book.

It’s a thoughtful process. Lots of kids in New Hampshire and Vermont are interested in hunting, animals, and nature, so she’s including

and while we’re on Hatchet, the survival genre is hot (think Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies).

Get Out! Ideas for Bringing Books Outside This Summer

Posted by on June 12, 2013.

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With the promise of summer weather on the horizon, I’ve started to contemplate fun ways to bring our reading outdoors on warm, sunny days. Luckily with the world of Pinterest and creative blogs, I found a wealth of ideas for summer literacy activities.

Opening Day Sunday!!!

Posted by on March 28, 2013.

People, it’s almost over!!! Winter is almost over!

I did not learn this from the Weather Channel, the Farmer’s Almanac, Punxsutawney Phil or the calendar.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel because I know that Sunday is…

OPENING DAY OF BASEBALL SEASON!!!!

Idioms Take the Cake!

Posted by on March 19, 2013.

At our house no one is ever hungry, they are “staaarving!” No one is ever tired, they are “exhaaaausted!”

That’s how we roll. To just say things straight would be “sooo incredibly booooring!”

And we are not just prone to hyperbole either, we like all types of colorful language, especially idioms.

Patricia Polacco for the Holidays

Posted by on December 7, 2012.

Are you familiar with Patricia Polacco?

I hope you are.  I have been in love with her beautiful, funny, moving, and meaningful books for years.  My all time favorite is The Bee Tree in which a little girl, with the help of her grandfather and some bees, learns that the “adventure, knowledge, and wisdom of books”….” is as sweet as the honey from a bee tree.”

But that is a blog for another day!

All Hallows READ

Posted by on October 31, 2012.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending this Halloween curled up with a scary book as you wait to chase hooligans off the supposedly-haunted bridge across from your property.  But even if you’re not like me, you should still consider spending this cloudy, drizzly, decidedly creepy time of year reading an appropriately eerie book with your little monsters.