Young Donors Spread the Joy of Literacy

Posted by on December 22, 2016.

While children all over the world have been sending Santa their wish lists, two young CLiF donors had another idea. They decided to put Santa to work for a cause they cared about.

The Patchett-Walsh grandchildren chose to raise money for the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) by making the beautiful Santas you see above and selling them to friends and family during their Thanksgiving feast.

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: Why Book Drives Work

Posted by on January 22, 2015.

A few books collected for CLiF by Bear Pond Books

Define “the best.”

Here are three possible answers: Indie bookstores, the people who support them, and the people who run them.

This year, the generous patrons of five bookstores donated 789 books to the low-income, at-risk, and rural kids CLiF serves. 

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.