Research / Literacy Activities / Education

Making Literacy Fun in Our “New Normal”

Welcome to school year 2020-2021! CLiF continues to serve as a resource to deliver program ideas, grants, and research to help teachers, librarians, parents, early educators, and out-of-school-time providers succeed in these challenging and confusing times. We NEED your ideas for how to do that – your ideas will be used to offer new grants … Continued

Presenter Profiles

Sandra Neil Wallace, Non-fiction author

Watch Sandra’s presentation from August 12 here. CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Sandra Neil Wallace of Keene, NH. Sandra’s books “focus on people who break barriers and change the world.” Things to think about: Sandra is a changemaker – as the daughter of a refugee and concentration camp survivor, as the first … Continued

Presenter Profiles

Marty Kelley, Author/Illustrator/Humorist

Watch Marty’s presentation from August 5 here. CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Marty Kelley of New Boston, NH. Marty’s books and presentations bring together his sense of humor and his degrees in art, animation, and elementary education. Things to think about: How do you describe Marty’s art and/or his style? Marty writes … Continued

Presenter Profiles

Marv Klassen-Landis, Storyteller/Author/Poet

Join Marv on July 29 at 1 p.m. EST for a virtual author visit. Watch the recorded session here. CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Marv Klassen-Landis of Windsor, VT. Marv uses stories, writing, and theater to help kids and adults learn more about themselves. Marv is a co-founder of the Children’s … Continued

Presenter Profiles

Jan Reynolds, Author/Explorer/Photographer

Join Jan on July 22 at 1 p.m. EST for a virtual author visit. Watch the recorded session here. CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Jan Reynolds of Stowe, VT. Jan travels the world, living with people of different cultures, and uses her photographs to illustrates books about people, their culture and traditions. … Continued

Presenter Profiles

Eric Pinder, Author

Join Eric on July 15 at 1 p.m. EST for a virtual author visit. Watch the recorded session here. CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Eric Pinder of Berlin, NH. Eric writes books and teaches writing in Vermont and New Hampshire. CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about … Continued

CLiF Spotlight

CLiF’s Summer Storytelling Series

CLiF staff and presenters are saddened that COVID-19 means we can not visit camps, libraries, and out-of-school-time programs for our traditional Summer Readers program. While we will still send books to partner programs, we will offer your campers, students, and children the chance to interact live with our presenters who will present from their home. … Continued

Presenter Profiles

Ashley Wolff, Author/Illustrator

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Ashley Wolff of Leicester, VT. Ashley is the author and/or illustrator of over 65 books, including the beloved Miss Bindergarten series! CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about her art and writing. Ashley both writes and illustrates her own stories and … Continued

Research

Ideas and Research to Help with a Different Kind of Summer

Right now, it feels difficult to even try to plan beyond the end of the week, but ahead lies 10 weeks of summer. As we as parents, educators, librarians, program leaders, and caregivers try to envision ways to make summer feel like summer for our kids, while processing COVID-19 and effects of systemic racism, CLiF … 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

Matt Forrest Esenwine

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Matt Forrest Esenwine, Poet

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Matt Forrest Esenwine of Warner, NH. Matt has three new books (WOW!) coming out in 2020. CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about his poems and poetry. Matt writes stories in verse and poems. Can you think of some books written to … Continued

Presenter Profiles / CLiF Spotlight

Christy Mihaly, Author

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Christy Mihaly of Calais, VT. Christy writes fiction and nonfiction, plus poems and articles, for all ages. CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about the kind of books Christy writes. CLiF is focusing on these three books out of the more than … Continued

Simon Brooks

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Simon Brooks, Storyteller

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Simon Brooks of New London, NH, originally from England. Simon has shared his stories with LOTS of children in Vermont and New Hampshire through CLiF. CLiF is offering a unique opportunity to join Simon for storytelling and questions and answers via Zoom on May 12. CLiF … Continued

If you're a parent and...

If You’re a Parent and…You Have a Remote-Learner

I watched this YouTube video compiling all the advertisements from the COVID-19 era; I invoke it as I try to think of the best words to describe this time and to start this blog post! As a parent of a tween, working full-time from home, I shift quickly between appreciating togetherness, community, and family, and … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles

CLiF Presenters – Resources for Learning at Home

CLiF’s wonderful roster of authors/illustrators/comics/storytellers have created content to use until CLiF can get them safely back to in-person presentations. We will keep it updated! Marek Bennett:– Comics at home and beyond– Comics Workshop “HOW TO” videos– “How to Draw Freeman Colby“– Marek’s new book – Sharjah Sketchbook about art, education, immigration & more in … Continued

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