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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General / Writing / Literacy Activities

CLiF’s 2024 Two-Sentence Writing Contest

CLiF’s 2024 Two-Sentence Writing Contest is underway! This year’s theme is “Tell Us a Two-Sentence Story That Takes Place in the Sky.” Free to enter, and open to all Vermont and New Hampshire kids 12 and under. Prizes will be awarded to top entries. Submissions must be received by March 29.


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.

Storykeepers: Springfield, VT

February 29, 2024 8:00-3:00

Union Street School students will meet with Natalie Kinsey-Warnock for five days to work on family genealogy, storytelling, research, and community history: February 29; March 7; March 14; March 28, and April 4.

Author Visit: Canaan, NH

March 4, 2024 8:00-11:00

Author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock will visit the Canaan Elementary School (preK-4) as part of their Year of the Book Momentum grant, which is a follow-up grant to the Year of the Book grant they had in 2022-23.

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