Opening Books,
Opening Minds, Opening Doors

We are the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF)

Our mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among under-resourced children in 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.

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.

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.

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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 fourth graders from low-income families 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 children’s enjoyment of reading and writing; provide access to high-quality reading materials that meet the interests of young readers; and give families, schools, libraries, correctional facilities, and other organizations the tools they need to encourage literacy skills.

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CLiF has provided free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to under-resourced children up to age 12 in almost 85% of the communities in New Hampshire and Vermont.

350,000+ Children Served
425+ Towns in VT + NH
$10 Million+ in New Books Donated
25+ Years

Upcoming Events

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

Storytelling Residency: Swanton, VT

May 28, 2024 9:00-11:00

Storyteller Simon Brooks will visit the Swanton Elementary School for a two-day storytelling residency as part of their Year of the Book grant for 2023-24.

Finale and Book Giveaway: Nashua, NH

May 28, 2024 8:00-11:00

Authors Jon and Pamela Voelkel will visit the Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Nashua, NH for their finale event as part of their Year of the Book Grant for 2023-24.

Bath Public Library and Village School Summer Readers

May 28, 2024 12:00-12:00 Bath, NH

CliF author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock visits the Bath Public Library and Village School Summer Readers’ program for a storytelling event and free book giveaway where each child in attendance selects two brand new books to take home. CLiF’s Summer Readers grant supports summer programs across Vermont and New Hampshire to keep children reading during the school vacation. 


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