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

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10 Children’s Books to Inspire Creativity

Image Source: https://images.pexels.com/photos/1174932/pexels-photo-1174932.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&dpr=2&h=650&w=940 Children love creating things probably as much as they love ruining them afterward. But when it comes to art, there are some ways you can motivate your child to be more creative with what they make. Here are ten children’s books to inspire creativity. #1 Looking at Pictures by Susan Woodford If … Continued

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Why Young Readers Should Get Outdoors This Winter

There are few pleasures as satisfying on a wintry New England day as cuddling up with your child and a good book. Sharing this pleasure with children gives them access to the worlds that can open up before them. While fierce, icy winds blow outside, they’ll enjoy reading about a sandy beach or some other … Continued

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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

Writing / General

3 Tips to Teach Kids to Learn Writing in a Fun Way

When you want your child to learn something new, the most important thing is to show him that the learning process will be interesting and engaging. Forcing your child to write and driving him into a rigid framework can result in a lack of interest/engagement in writing. For a preschool child, these are all abstractions … Continued

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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

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New research: reading, kids, and community

FOR EVERYONE Acknowledging our implicit bias and helping students recognize theirs Banning books for prisoners Books and bikes – making both fun from Virginia to Texas Practice your handwriting – it is good for your brain! Connected Teaching for classrooms, workplaces, and communities More on the opportunity/achievement gap(s) Research: Urgent Call to Improved Reading and … Continued

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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

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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

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Early Childhood Motor Skills and Physical Development Through Physical Activity

The health benefits of physical activity are many. Physical activity is crucial for cognitive, physical, emotional and social development, especially in a child’s early years. Children as early as toddlers require physical activity for good health, development of motor skills and physical development. Physical activity like running, throwing, catching or jumping helps strengthen the muscles … Continued