General / Book Recommendations

What the CLiF Team is Reading This Summer

At CLiF, we love to read. That’s probably why we spend our time helping kids discover that love for themselves and embark on a lifelong journey of enjoying literature. Summer offers some much-needed time to dig into your To Be Read pile and relax with a good book (or 3. Or 4.). Here’s what the … Continued

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How Reading with My Mom Saved My Life

Eighth grade was not a good year for me. Along with the usual teenage angst and social awkwardness, I was deeply depressed and anorexic. I spent a week at the Teenage Psychiatric Ward at the Keene State Hospital two-and-a-half hours from home. This was a harrowing experience and deterred me from seeking mental health care … Continued

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Give a Child a Storytelling Presentation This Summer

After a difficult year, kids deserve some fun this summer! Fortunately for New Hampshire and Vermont children, they have CLiF to bring stories to life and give away brand new books to treasure. CLiF’s inspiring storytelling presentations by NH and VT authors, illustrators, and storytellers get kids excited about reading and writing and encourage strong … Continued

General / Book Recommendations

Summer Book Recommendations

This weird school year is almost over, which means one thing…summer reading! Sure, school-required reading lists can seem like just another thing to do, but make sure to take time to read what you enjoy – and let your kids do the same! One of my favorite things about summer is posting up in a … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles

New Books By CLiF Presenters

One of the special things about CLiF is that we work with 66 of the best children’s, middle grade, and young adult authors in Vermont and New Hampshire. In normal years, we send them to schools, libraries, homeless shelters, prisons, camps, and more spaces where kids and families spend time in NH and VT. They … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles / CLiF Spotlight / Education

Jon Gailmor, Singer/Songwriter

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Jon Gailmor of Elmore, VT. Jon has been writing and performing music internationally since 1971. He finds inspiration in family, pets, fighting for equal treatment of all people, sports, Vermont, beautiful places, and current events. Watch Jon’s presentation here. Things to think about: Do you write of the … Continued

Writing / General

Announcing the Winners of CLiF’s Kids’ Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month and we’re kicking it off by celebrating the talented young poets who bravely submitted their work to our Kids’ Poetry Contest. We were so impressed with the dozens of submissions we received and are proud to share these students’ work (with their permission)*. Winners and runners up were selected in … Continued

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Karen Gross, Author/Educator

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Karen Gross of Bennington, VT and Washington, DC. Karen is an educator and author, writing books for both children (early-childhood through Grade 6) and adults. Her Lady Lucy Series is well-known and has been read to over 3000 children across the globe. Watch Karen’s presentation here. Things to think about … Continued

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Children’s Biggest Roadblocks to Literacy and How to Overcome Them

Literacy is one of the most important abilities we can pass on to children. This is not just vital from a technical life skills perspective, either. Reading, writing, and communications skills open us all up to a diverse and rich world. They help us to connect more deeply with one another and better understand the … Continued

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Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Historical Fiction Writer

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Natalie Kinsey-Warnock of Glover, VT. Many of Natalie’s book borrow from her life in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. She describes herself: “I am an athlete, naturalist, artist and writer…I am an outdoorswoman, enjoying hiking astronomy, bird watching, and creating watercolor and pastel paintings of wildflowers, birds, and landscapes. … Continued

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CLiF’s End-of-Winter Virtual Storytelling Series

CLiF’s wrapped up its virtual storytelling series on April 7. Thank you to everyone who participated! End-of-Winter Schedule: Wednesday, March 10, 1 p.m. – Meet author/genealogist Natalie Kinsey-Warnock; watch her presentation hereWednesday, March 17, 1 p.m. – Meet author/musician David Martin; watch his presentation hereWednesday, March 24, 1 p.m. – Meet author/educator Karen Gross; watch her presentation hereWednesday, … Continued

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Terry Farish, Author

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Terry Farish of Kittery, ME/Portsmouth, NH. Terry writes children and young adult books. She writes about the New American experience, and, as she wrote, “to understand us in our small world.” Watch Terry’s presentation from February 10, 2021. Things to think about: Terry writes for InDepthNH.org, The New … Continued

General / Education

How to Educate Kids About Racism From an Early Age

Racism isn’t something any person is born with. It’s something that is taught. Unfortunately, it is often taught by actions, rather than words. We live in a society where it’s easy for kids to learn about racism very early on, so it’s important to be honest and open about what it is, what it means, … Continued

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Gina Perry, Author/Illustrator

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Gina Perry of North Hampton, NH. Gina writes and illustrates her own books, and illustrates for other authors. Watch Gina’s presentation from February 3, World Read Aloud Day! Things to think about: See a sample of her book illustrations – how would you describe her style? How do … Continued

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