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…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).

If You’re a Parent and…Harry Potter is an Obsession

Posted by on August 4, 2016.

I missed the original Harry Potter buzz – I’m not sure how as I worked in a bookstore off and on from 1996-2002, during which the first four books were released. I made up for this last week, when I got swept up in my eight-year-old’s excitement over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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: 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!

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.

Which is better: the book or the movie?

Posted by on June 18, 2014.

Harry Potter. The Hunger Games. The current nationwide phenomenon The Fault In Our Stars.

Classics coming soon to the big screen: The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Giver.

And way back when, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and in the beginning, The Wizard of Oz.

CLiF Spotlight: What makes a great summer book?

Posted by on May 14, 2014.

We’re starting to think about summer. Specifically: favorite summer books.

Recently, this conversation sparked a debate among CLiF’s voracious readers:

What makes a book a great summer book?

  • Is it a picture book, like Blueberries for Sal, that captures the long, hot days of the season?

Middle Ground: Shining a Light on Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature

Posted by on February 11, 2014.

CLiF is delighted to welcome Caitlin Corless to our blog roster. Caitlin’s blog, Middle Ground, will focus on middle grade and young adult book recommendations, award and conference coverage, and more.

I was one of those kids who secretly stayed up past her bedtime and read books under her blanket with a flashlight.

CLiF Spotlight: Boys and Books

Posted by on January 29, 2014.

A boy finds a book that captures his imagination at a recent event in Barton, VT.

Every year CLiF works with thousands of low-income, at-risk, and rural children from birth to age 12. And every year, without fail, our most challenging clients are the oldest boys.

We’re not alone. Nationwide boys read at a lower rate than girls, drop out of school at higher rates than girls, go to college at lower rates than girls, and earn college degrees at lower rates than girls.