If you’re a parent and… you’re planning a book-themed birthday party

Posted by on April 3, 2015.

In February, my family took my six-year-old to a Friend-a-Versary at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. For the younger set, this is a dream come true – a day of face painting, tattoos, open spaces with kids running everywhere, a visit with Elephant and Piggie and free E&P books (donated by CLiF partners First Book) plus art projects, scavenger hunts, and famous illustrators reading from their books.

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.

August 1 Friday Links Library

Posted by on August 1, 2014.

The Friday Links Library has been enjoying its summer vacation. We’re back this week with a short edition…

 

  • Yesterday was Harry Potter’s (and J. K. Rowling’s) birthday, marking 16 years since readers first met the boy wizard. A recent study suggests that reading Harry Potter makes children more empathetic or tolerant toward minority groups or people unlike themselves.

Feb. 7 Friday Links Library

Posted by on February 7, 2014.

Winter is in full swing here in northern Vermont. When life hands you snow, make a snowcone. Isn’t that what they say?

Here are some links we liked this week:

  • Cartoonist and CLiF presenter Marek Bennett has just returned from Nicaragua, where he documented the coffee harvest with help from some local kids.

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).