Spotlight on a Year of the Book School: Bristol Elementary School in Bristol, NH

Posted by on November 1, 2018.

Bristol, NH students squealed with delight as storyteller Duncan McDougall recounted the classic story of Sylvester and the Magic PebbleDuncan jumped around and used funny voices to bring the beloved story to life. This was the first of many visits from CLiF’s 64 talented authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers that Bristol Elementary School will get this year as part of their Year of the Book grant.

Spotlight on a Year of the Book School: JFK Elementary School in Winooski, VT

Posted by on October 23, 2018.

Last week, JFK Elementary School English Language Learners spent a beautiful fall day at the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT, listening to stories, making bean pies, and learning about African American art and culture. This special field trip was a memorable experience for these kids, who come from all over the world and are part of the Winooski elementary school’s Newcomers program.

Why I Write Children’s Books

Posted by on September 13, 2018.

I think the question I am asked most frequently by individuals, organizations and the media with respect to my children’s book series, Lady Lucy’s Quest, is this:  Why would a former college president (and law professor) write children’s stories?

 

Sometimes the question reveals genuine curiosity, a desire to understand why I write these children’s books and why both writing them for and reading them to children have such meaning for me.

The Importance of Reading Bedtime Stories To Your Child Before Sleep

Posted by on March 20, 2018.

Once upon a time, there was a parent who had a child. For one reason or another, this parent didn’t read to their child. Why? We’re not sure. Perhaps that’s a different story – one that involves excuses like “being too tired” or wanting to binge-watch Friends for the eleventh time because they’re deeply unsatisfied with their lives in a fundamental way that they can’t fully articulate yet.

After 20 Years, CLiF Has Just Begun

Posted by on March 8, 2018.

Twenty years ago this week the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) was born.  
 
Like all new nonprofits, we started small. Our first initiative was the Rural Library Program. We created it to provide collections of new, high-quality children’s books to rural public libraries in New Hampshire or Vermont that were struggling with limited resources, and that wanted to attract more young readers.

Spotlight on the CLiF Year of the Book

Posted by on March 1, 2018.

We’re a little more than halfway through the school year, and, for ten schools in Vermont and New Hampshire this year, the CLiF Year of the Book, which promotes a celebration of reading and writing all year long. As we welcome National Reading Month, which kicks off with Read Across America Day on March 2nd (beloved children’s author Dr.

The Interesting Connection between Literacy and Behavior in Children

Posted by on February 8, 2018.

People are getting more enlightened today with the help of literacy. Without literacy, we wouldn’t be able to shape meaning out of the world. That is why it is so important to continue fighting for the increase of literacy for everyone.

Santa’s Workshop: Delivering Books to Children of Prison Inmates for the Holidays

Posted by on December 20, 2017.

The CLiF office looked remarkably like Santa’s workshop this week as holiday tunes played in the background (see photo above).

 

Last week, CLiF presenter and graphic novelist Marek Bennett and I spent the day working with inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, NH.