Opening Books,
Opening Minds, Opening Doors

We are the Children’s Literacy Foundation

CLiF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

What We Do

What We Do

CLiF arranges for more than 65 professional authors, illustrators, poets, graphic novelists, and storytellers to give inspiring presentations for children. These memorable events help kids get excited about books, stories, reading, and writing. CLiF holds nearly 1,000 events each year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our storytelling events have been outdoor, socially distant, or virtual.

At almost every CLiF event children can select new, high-quality books of their choice from hundreds of titles. In some CLiF programs, children can pick at least ten new books of their choice over one year. CLiF also donates significant collections of new, high-quality children’s books to school libraries, public libraries, classrooms, shelters, affordable housing developments, and other locations where children and families may be found. Many programs have been sending home books with meals or other learning materials, or offering safe, curb-side book pick-up.

CLiF provides a wide variety of literacy resources, and support to parents, caregivers, and staff members at organizations that serve our target audience. CLiF also hosts periodic conferences for educators and librarians (virtual in 2021).

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Why We Do It

Why We Do It

Why We Do It

Early literacy skills are one of the strongest indicators of a child’s future success. Yet, more than two-thirds of low-income fourth graders in New Hampshire and Vermont do not read proficiently. Many have limited access to inspiring literacy programming and high-quality new books. CLiF’s programs aim to increase enjoyment of reading and writing for low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in the Twin States, provide access to high-quality reading materials that meet children’s interests, and give families, schools, libraries, and programs the tools they need to encourage literacy skills.

Our Impact

What’s New

Catch up with our latest featured posts from our blog

Writing

CLiF Kids’ Poetry Contest!

National Poetry Month is coming up in April, but you don’t have to wait until then to get your poetic juices flowing! Poetry has lots of benefits for readers and writers of all ages, including building vocabulary, language, and imagination. It’s also fun! The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is hosting a Kids’ Poetry Contest. Children … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles / CLiF Spotlight / Education

CLiF’s End-of-Winter Virtual Storytelling Series

CLiF’s Wednesday afternoon storytelling series will be back for the end of winter! Join CLiF and one of our professional presenters Wednesdays at 1 p.m. EST from March 10 to April 7. Register here to receive the link to join live and a link to the recorded session. End-of-Winter Schedule: Wednesday, March 10, 1 p.m. – Meet author/genealogist … Continued

Chris Tebbetts

Book Club for Grown-ups

CLiF Book Club for Grown-Ups: Chris Tebbetts

When: Friday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. EST CLiF’s Book Club for Grown-Ups series continues! Normally, our amazing authors, illustrators, poets, graphic novelists, and storytellers visit (virtually these days) low-income, at-risk, and rural kids to get them excited about reading and writing. But many of these folks also write for adults, too. Since the fall, … Continued

Literacy Activities / CLiF Spotlight / Education

CLiF’s 2021 Community Literacy Conference

One of the ways CLiF shares ideas is through our annual Community Literacy Conference typically held the last Wednesday in March. This year, join us for a re-envisioned, free event with all the most popular features of our typical in-person conference: training from our presenters, peer-to-peer sharing, updates on CLiF’s research and work, and free books! This … Continued

Writing / General

How to Help with Rough Drafts

The process of writing begins before you actually put pen to paper (or words on a screen). Many people find “pre-writing” helpful, notes or an outline to help guide their writing. Some prefer to just jump in and start writing and see what happens. There’s no “right” way to go about writing. Some kids are … Continued

General

CLiF’s Virtual Storytelling Series

CLiF staff and presenters are saddened that COVID-19 means we can not visit schools, libraries, and out-of-school-time programs to complete our exciting grants. Instead, we offer your students the chance to interact live with our presenters from home. For five weeks starting May 5, each Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. EST, we will have an opportunity … Continued

Writing / General

3 Tips to Teach Kids to Learn Writing in a Fun Way

When you want your child to learn something new, the most important thing is to show him that the learning process will be interesting and engaging. Forcing your child to write and driving him into a rigid framework can result in a lack of interest/engagement in writing. For a preschool child, these are all abstractions … Continued

Writing / General

In Praise of Failure

As a writer, I fail. A lot. Since January, I’ve submitted 116 times and gotten 69 rejections. But I’ve also gotten five acceptances, including winning Noir Nation’s Golden Fedora fiction prize, told extremely personal and difficult stories in HuffPost and OC87 Recovery Diaries, and got an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train. In short, I’m doing … Continued

General

How Simple Exercises Can Help Kids With Their Studies

According to studies, children who work out are more likely to do well in their studies. Read on to learn how exercise can benefit your child, both physically and mentally, and how you can encourage your child to exercise. Boost Your Child’s Concentration with Exercise  At school, every day, kids are dealing with a number … Continued

Reflections on a Summer at CLiF

General

Reflections on a Summer at CLiF

Front Porch Forum doesn’t just help you find your lost dog or that bunk bed you desperately need for your kids. In my case, it found me a summer internship.

Impacts

CLiF has provided free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 in almost 85% of the communities in New Hampshire and Vermont.

300,000 Children Served
420+ Towns in VT + NH
$8 Million in New Books Donated
22+ Years

Upcoming Events

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending an event. Details may be subject to change.

Year of the Book Applications Due!

March 10, 2021 12:00-11:55

Virtual Author Series: Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

March 10, 2021 1:00-2:00

Register here to receive a link to meet Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and hear more about her books and historical research

CLiF Community Literacy Conference - Session #1

March 10, 2021 3:00-4:30

Incorporating Nonfiction in your Curriculum
CLiF Board of Advisors member Mary Ann Cappiello will discuss the role of nonfiction books across the curriculum. She will highlight a few different new nonfiction books (over the last year) and some teaching ideas connected to the strengths of those books, and she will model one of those activities in a combination of presentation and active application.

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Learn more about the CLiF Community Literacy Conference.

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