Year of the Book / General

The Year of the Book

“Our students come from poverty and trauma so we try to offer experiences that enrich their lives and this grant seems a perfect way to expand our offerings. We would benefit by having the opportunity to involve our students in activities that expose them to the wide array of reading experiences through books and authors. … Continued

Presenter Profiles

Q & A with Sandra Neil Wallace

CLiF couldn’t do what it does without the 65+ amazing authors, illustrators, and storytellers we send to schools, camps, afterschool programs, libraries, shelters, affordable housing communities, and many more spaces where kids spend time. We’re proud to have award-winning author Sandra Neil Wallace as one of those inspiring presenters. We asked Sandra about her experiences … Continued

General

2019: A Year at CLiF

As the year winds down and we prepare to celebrate the arrival of 2020, we took a look back at what we accomplished this year (spoiler alert: It’s a lot!). In 2019, CLiF held roughly 900 literacy events – including storytelling/author visits, family literacy dinners, writing workshops, field trips, and book giveaways – with attendance … Continued

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The CLiF Team’s Favorite Books in 2019

At CLiF, we’re all about inspiring and celebrating a love of reading and writing, so it should come as no surprise that the CLiF team and families love to read! If you have the time to pick up a book this holiday season, here are a few of our favorites that we read in 2019. … Continued

General

Thank You for Giving Books to Children with Incarcerated Parents!

Yesterday was #GivingTuesday, a day to take a break from all the holiday shopping and give back to the causes that are most important to you. We asked our supporters to donate new books to the children of incarcerated parents who we serve through our Children of Prison Inmates program. We’re donating beautiful new books … Continued

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Give a Child with an Incarcerated Parent a New Book

It’s #GivingTuesday, a day to take a break from all the shopping and chaos of the holidays and give back to causes that matter to you. This year, we’re raising $2,000 to provide new books for children with incarcerated parents at our partnering prisons’ holiday events, and we need your help! Imagine being a child … Continued

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Giving Thanks

As we gather to give thanks with our friends and families this week, we’re thankful for something else, too – you! Your support and championing literacy for all kids makes what we do possible. Each year we serve many thousands of kids in need and give away more than $750,000 in new children’s books – … Continued

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: At-Risk Children (Spring 2020)Deadline: December 11, 2019 What the Grant Provides: -A storytelling presentation with one of CLiF’s presenters -An optional parent discussion on tips for reading with kids -An onsite children’s library for the program -Two new … 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