It’s Valentine’s Day – a day to celebrate what you love – and one of the things the CLiF team loves most is books! These beloved favorites will definitely outlast the chocolate we’re munching on today.
A book that my family loves is Lost in Barrens by renowned Canadian writer Farley Mowat.
Do you remember that scene in Field of Dreams where Annie stands up to a parent trying to ban one of her favorite books? It’s a powerful moment when Annie defends free speech and the right to learn. Though that memorable scene was filmed nearly 30 years ago, banning books still happens throughout the U.S.
“I like how you can go on adventures without even leaving your house. You can travel around the world and learn new things.”
That is how a child who attended a Children’s Literacy Foundation Summer Readers event last summer described reading.
Last week, more than 80 librarians from 71 towns across New Hampshire and Vermont gathered at the Briggs Opera House and Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT for CLiF’s semi-annual Rural Libraries Conference. It was a packed day of panels, workshops, and exciting prizes like a storytelling presentation by popular CLiF presenter Simon Brooks.
In my experience the movie version of a book is almost never as good as the actual book. I’ve resisted watching several movies based on books I love, because I’ve worried that the story on screen may somehow ruin the story and the images that formed in my head.
I’m so excited: I’m reading the manuscript of a friend’s just-finished mystery novel.
I love reading more than pretty much any other activity (besides, maybe, eating), and reading a friend’s work — especially when it’s great — is so much fun.
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).
Sure, there are those beautiful fall days with high, clear blue skies that set off the colors of the trees and just make your heart sing.
Roald Dahl would be wasted on those days.
And anyway, if we have any of those days left, PUT YOUR BOOKS DOWN AND GO OUTSIDE!