The Next Great Book: Holiday List

Posted by on December 17, 2015.

Our good friend Jane Knight at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier has done it again! Here is her list of recommended children’s and young adult books for this holiday season.

Gift Ideas

You’ve all asked for more Harry Potter “stuff” and this is the year for that!

CLiF Spotlight: Family Holiday Dinners, or the Best Events Ever

Posted by on December 12, 2014.

Father and children in Albany, VT

I love this season. I love that so many cultures have holidays this time of year, when it’s cold and the nights are darkest and we’re most in need of shared light and warmth.

It’s hard to pick a favorite CLiF event, but our holiday family events for Year of the Book communities are right up there.

The Next Great Book: Holidays 2014, Part Two

Posted by on December 9, 2014.

Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

This is the second half of Jane’s holiday recommendations. For Part One, click here.

And now a handful of outstanding picture books, because I cannot choose just one (ever!).

  • Sidle on up, pardner, for a hilarious Wild West caper by the outlaw author/illustrator duo  Bob Shea and Lane Smith.

The Next Great Book: Holidays 2014, Part One

Posted by on December 8, 2014.

Nuts to You - Lynne Rae Perkins

I’ve got lots on my mind as I think and write about books and giving this holiday season. But I think Kyle Zimmer, President of First Book in Washington DC says it best for me when she spoke at the National Book Awards ceremony this past month:

 

“In this country that we are so proud of, 45% of our children are being raised in homes that are poor or near poor.

CLiF Spotlight: A Book On Every Bed

Posted by on December 10, 2013.

Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Here’s a holiday tradition all of us at CLiF wholeheartedly endorse.

A Book On Every Bed is a program developed by the advice columnist Amy Dickinson together with Ithaca, NY’s Family Reading Partnership (whose executive director, Brigid Hubberman, was the keynote speaker at CLiF’s 2013 Community Literacy conference).

Pop Guns! And Bicycles! Roller Skates! Drums! Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And Plums!

Posted by on December 14, 2012.

Christmas cards! Wrapping! Cookies! And toys!
Ornaments! Concerts! Family! And noise!
Oh what a season to be someone’s mother
Making some magic for your kids and others.

The late nights of wrapping and shopping and baking
Struggling in the dark morning hours of waking
Wishing for peace, but racing instead
Fending off “helpers” who won’t go to bed.