Reading for the Fun of It

Posted by on February 15, 2017.

The old adage goes “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” The same is true of reading and writing. Give a child a book and they might be entertained for a few hours, especially if that child had the chance to choose their own book.

Cece Bell and the Superhero Power of Stories

Posted by on June 21, 2016.

Last Wednesday evening, I stood outside Montpelier High School and greeted young readers and their adults as they arrived at the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Ceremony. Kids and their adults piled into the auditorium to hear Cece Bell speak about her award-winning book El Deafo.

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.

Middle Ground: How the DCF List Process Works (and why I had 10 boxes of books in my living room)

Posted by on March 12, 2014.

DCF committee selects 30 books for 2014

Up until Saturday morning, I had about 10 boxes of books sitting in my living room and dozens of middle grade and young adult books scattered throughout my house. I had a pile of books to read when I was upstairs, a pile of books to read when I was downstairs, a pile of books on my nightstand.

50/25 Drive: Support Children’s Literacy, Win A Keurig!

Posted by on November 19, 2013.

Boys with new books after CLiF event

It’s snowing in Waterbury Center! Here in the CLiF office, we’re thinking about warm beverages.

More importantly, we’re working with the communities we serve to ensure children participating in CLiF programs have new books in time for the holidays.

This is what $25 brings a low-income, at-risk, or rural New Hampshire or Vermont child:

  • A professional, inspiring literacy presentation such as an author/illustrator visit, writing workshop, or storytelling
  • Two brand-new, high quality books of his or her choice to keep

This holiday season, CLiF hopes to inspire our friends with our 50/25 drive. 

“The 100 Best Children’s Books (of All Time!)”

Posted by on October 25, 2013.

There is something about the truly awesome body of children’s books that tempts people to try to separate the cream from the chum. It’s just irresistible.

This week the New York Times noted two organizations that have recently published their lists of the 100 “best books” in children’s literature, the New York Public Library and the British charity BookTrust.