Research / General

Why the CLiF Model Works

We know literacy is important. But how do we help encourage early literacy skills in the kids most at-risk of falling behind? CLiF’s programs emphasize a love of reading and writing and encourage children and families to do it more often, while providing support and resources. All of CLiF’s program include a professional storyteller getting … 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

Research

We Have a Literacy Problem

Research shows that early literacy is one of the strongest indicators of a child’s future success, yet we’re facing a literacy crisis in America. 65% of American fourth graders read at below-proficient levels.57% of New Hampshire and Vermont fourth graders read at below-proficient levels. 61% of low-income families have no children’s books in their homes.Access … Continued

Research

Why Literacy Matters

CLiF’s mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. Why is developing a lifelong love of literacy so important? If kids enjoy reading and writing, they’re more likely to do it often, and research shows that there are many academic, social-emotional, socioeconomic, … 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

CLiF Grant Applications / General

CLiF’s Open Grant Applications

All of CLiF’s programs are free and awarded via grant application. Here are the currently open grants: Community Building (Spring 2020)Deadline: November 15, 2019 This program is designed to connect kids to other parts of their communities through books and stories. Choose one of the following options or submit your own idea: 1. Senior Reading … Continued

CLiF in the News / Year of the Book / General

The CLiF Year of the Book News

CliF’s Year of the Book grant for the 2019-2020 school year is now underway at 10 schools throughout New Hampshire and Vermont! The grant includes many author visits and workshops, free family events, literacy-related programs, new books for the school and local public library, plus TEN new books for each student to choose! Read about … Continued

Marty Kelley

Presenter Profiles

Q & A with Marty Kelley

One of our popular presenters is author/illustrator Marty Kelley, who has written or illustrated books such as Almost Everybody Farts, Summer Stinks, and A Cape! We asked him what inspires his work.